Nursing: West Virginia Mental Health Screening for Veterans

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About the Course

A significant number of veterans are dealing with problems related to mental health disorders. An estimated 30% of active-duty and reserve military personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have a mental health disorder that requires treatment (National Council for Behavioral Health, 2020).  It is imperative that nurses be able to screen veterans for such problems and intervene promptly and effectively. This course provides West Virginia nurses with information that increases their ability to screen veterans for mental health issues and intervene promptly and effectively as indicated.

Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss relevant statistical data that pertain to the mental health of veterans.
  • Explain how homelessness impacts veterans.
  • Discuss why veterans may be reluctant to seek help for mental health issues.
  • Describe the clinical presentation of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans.
  • Explain treatment initiatives for PTSD. 
  • Discuss statistics pertaining to major depressive disorder and suicide in veterans.
  • Explain the screening process for depression.
  • Assist in facilitating treatment for veterans suffering from depression. 
  • Discuss nursing interventions and intent to change practice. 

About the Author:  
Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and healthcare author. She earned her doctoral degree in adult education and her MSN from Penn State University and a BSN from Bloomsburg University. Dr. Avillion has held a variety of nursing positions as a staff nurse in critical care and physical medicine and rehabilitation settings, with emphasis on neurological and mental health nursing, as well as a number of leadership roles in nursing professional development. She has published extensively and is a frequent presenter at conferences and conventions devoted to the specialty of continuing education and nursing professional development. Dr. Avillion owns and is the CEO of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business that specializes in continuing education for healthcare professionals and consulting services in nursing professional development. Her most recent publications include The Path to Stress-Free Nursing Professional Development: 50 No-Nonsense Solutions to Everyday Challenges and Nursing Professional Development: A Practical Guide for Evidence-Based Education.

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