First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of vice president Joe Biden, shared an agreement with nursing schools and professional nursing organizations that will add coursework and training opportunities on military-related injuries and illnesses.
The agreement is part of the Joining Forces campaign of the White House, which hopes to reach out to 3 million nurses on the “front lines of health care,” as shared to reporters by Joining Forces Director Navy Capt. Bradley Cooper on Tuesday.
Cooper said: “With nurses … present in literally every community in America, they’ll be positioned to make a significant and positive impact on our veterans and their families for the long term.”
Amy Garcia, chief nursing officer for the American Nurses Association, on the other hand, shared: “The goal is to raise awareness among every nurse throughout the country to recognize the signs and symptoms and lower the stigma of getting care.”
The Joining Forces campaign aims to raise awareness regarding the needs of service members, veterans, and their families, and was launched one year ago this week.
The agreement with nurses follows a similar agreement with 135 medical schools, which pledged to educate future doctors as well as conduct more research regarding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Garcia shared further that no federal funding will be used for the effort, and that educating nurses regarding these injuries would lead to better Veteran’s care: “We want to make sure they understand about new treatments and new science so they can make appropriate referrals.”