Jonas Center Spotlight
NURSES: Key to Improving Veterans Healthcare
Healing our Veterans is one of the Nation’s top priorities. We can and must support these heroes who have risked their lives for our freedom. It is important to assist with education, jobs and other needs, but first we need to get them healthy and back on their feet. Nurses are, and will continue to be, on the frontlines of this critical effort.
Over 20 % of our Military returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. This makes their return to work and family life difficult and for many impossible. 18 Veterans commit suicide each and every day...this is unacceptable and unforgiveable.
There is a shortage of medical personnel, especially nurses, trained in the specialized field of veterans’ healthcare. The nursing profession—three million strong—is ready to assist veterans and their families, however, education is expensive. The federal budget is strained.
Philanthropy is one answer. The Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program is tackling the shortage head-on. It funds the education of both advanced practice nurses to provide direct clinical care to Veterans, and faculty to teach Veterans’ healthcare to hundreds of new nursing students across the country.
Nurses are key to improving Veterans’ Healthcare. To learn more about the increasingly important role nurses are playing in caring for our wounded troops and what the Jonas Center is doing to support this critical need, please click here.
Darlene Curley MS, RN
Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program
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