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Mental Health Conditions Common to Veterans

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Course Overview

Mental Health Conditions Common to Veterans
Morgan Curry

Author: Morgan Curry

Mental health disorders are more common among veterans and there are often issues with access to resources. After returning home, these veterans may be forced to cope with Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Suicidal Ideations, and other conditions as a result of their service to their country. Nurses are on the front line of this mental health battle and are in a unique position to advocate for the mental health of veterans and their families. This course is mandated by the state of West Virginia for nursing professionals.  

Course Outline

  1. Introduction  
  2. Mental Health Conditions Related to Veterans  
  3. Screening Veterans and Families for Mental Health Disorder 
  4. Importance of Encouragement from Healthcare Providers  
  5. Generalized Anxiety Disorder  
  6. Depressive Disorder  
  7. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder  
  8. Bipolar Disorder  
  9. Suicidal Ideation  
  10. Managing Loss Associated with Military 
  11. Support Programs  
  12. Conclusion  

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss mental health conditions that are common to veterans and their families. It will take the average learner 120 minutes to complete.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the learner will rate 4 out of 5 on the Likert Scale for their ability to:

  1. Understand the importance of screening for mental health disorders in Veterans and their family members.  
  2. Understand the importance of support and encouragement from healthcare providers in supporting Veterans and their family members in dealing with mental health disorders. 
  3. Summarize the signs and symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder and how the severity of the disorder is diagnosed.  
  4. Identify Depressive Disorder and the signs and symptoms related to it. 
  5. Summarize the definition of PostTraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the treatments involved. 
  6. Summarize the definition of Bipolar Disorder and the signs and symptoms of a manic episode. 
  7. Understand the treatment related to Bipolar Disorder and the scale used to assess the severity of the disorder. 
  8. Understand the severity of suicidal ideation and the signs and symptoms to recognize of someone who may be thinking of suicide. 
  9. Articulate the role grief plays on Veterans and their family members with loss because of their time in the military. 

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts, or any contributors have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Course created on: March 08, 2021

Course Renewed on: March 18, 2024

Course Expires on: March 18, 2027

Course Offering: #39