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Kirtland Nursing School to Support Veterans and Military Families

Students to be Educated on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) & Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Kirtland Community College’s Nursing School is joining ranks of hundreds of nursing professionals and educators by committing to educate its students on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

On April 11th, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden announced an initiative to secure a commitment from nurses across the country eager to serve veterans and military families as well as they have served our country and fellow countrymen.  Kirtland Community College’s Nursing School will join a broad, coordinated effort in which more than 150 state and national nursing organizations and over 500 nursing schools are committing to further educate our nation’s 3 million nurses in order to be prepared to meet the unique health needs of service members, veterans, and their families.  Nursing organizations and schools will commit to educating current and future nurses on how to recognize and care for veterans impacted by post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression, and other combat-related issues, in ways appropriate to each nurse’s practice setting.

“Whether we’re in a hospital, a doctor’s office or a community health center, nurses are often the first people we see when we walk through the door. Because of their expertise, they are trusted to be the frontline of America’s health care system,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “That’s why Jill and I knew we could turn to America’s nurses and nursing students to help our veterans and military families get the world-class care that they’ve earned. It’s clear from today’s announcement that the nursing community is well on its way to serving our men and women in uniform and their families.”

“Nurses are at the center of providing lifesaving care in communities across the country — and their reach is particularly important because our veterans don’t always seek care through the VA system,” said Dr. Jill Biden. “This commitment is essential to ensuring our returning service men and women receive the care they deserve.”

“As a former Army Nurse and military spouse I know first-hand what our military veterans and families need to maintain physical, mental, and emotional well-being.  I am committed to educating future nurses to provide that care through our nursing programs at Kirtland Community College,” said Julie Lavender, Associate Dean for Health Sciences at Kirtland Community College.

By working to expand the body of clinical knowledge in this arena and by partnering with other health care providers and institutions, nursing leaders across the country will continue to advance high quality treatment for these conditions in every community.  Kirtland’s Nursing School will begin integrating the most up-to-date information on these conditions across academic and practice settings and expand the body of clinical knowledge into its curriculum immediately.

Kirtland Community College’s Nursing School joins over 500 others in committing by 2014 to:

  • Educate America’s future nurses to care for our nation’s veterans, service members, and their families facing post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression, and other clinical issues;
  • Enrich nursing education to ensure that current and future nurses are trained in the unique clinical challenges and best practices associated with caring for military service members, veterans, and their families;
  • Integrate content that addresses the unique health and wellness challenges of our nation’s service members, veterans, and their families into nursing curricula;
  • Share teaching resources and apply best practices in the care of service members, veterans, and their families;
  • Grow the body of knowledge leading to improvements in health care and wellness for our service members, veterans, and their families; and
  • Join with others to further strengthen the supportive community of nurses, institutions, and healthcare providers dedicated to improving the health of service members, veterans, and their families.

For more information on Kirtland’s commitment to better serving veterans and military families, contact Julie Lavender by calling 989-275-5000, extension 298, or via e-mail at