First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s recently announced initiative to educate U.S. nurses to meet the unique health needs of service members, veterans, and their families has won support from nurses and nursing programs across the country.
That includes Webster’s Department of Nursing.
“We’ve already identified coursework, assignments, and activities that meet this initiative, and will be further expanding to meet our pledge of support,” said Jennifer Broeder, associate professor and department chair.
Broeder said the Department of Nursing is following the lead of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in giving the Joining Forces Campaign its full support. She noted that with the end of the war in Iraq and troop reductions in Afghanistan, projections are that 1 million service members will leave military service in the next five years. Some will return with physical disabilities, and others will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression, and other emotional problems.
Often the first health care professionals that patients see on a visit to a medical facility, nurses play an important role in diagnosis and treatment. As Mrs. Obama said during the initiative announcement at the University of Pennsylvania, nurses “are trusted to be the frontline of America’s health care system.”
Broeder agreed with the First Lady’s assessment of the importance of nurses in providing medical care for service members, veterans, and their families. “I have no doubt that nurses around the country will rally to this important cause,’ she added. “Speaking for the entire nursing faculty, I’m confident that we will help our Webster students make a real difference in the lives of those who have made enormous sacrifices while serving their country.”