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Risk factors for suicide attempts by Army personnel identified

A study in JAMA Psychiatry reports factors associated with a higher risk of suicide among enlisted soldiers include female sex, entering the Army at 25 years or older, current age of 29 or younger,...

Nurses answer the call to enhance veteran and military health

Nursing has a long history of caring for wounded soldiers. Perhaps most famously, Florence Nightingale served as chief nurse in the Crimean War (1854). Nightingale was called “The Lady with the Lamp” because she...

Special report – War on Pain: Pain management across the military continuum

By Kevin T. Galloway, BSN, MHA; Chester C. Buckenmaier III, MD; and Rollin M. Gallagher, MD, MPH In the military healthcare system, the need for aggressive management of acute pain associated with combat injuries and...

Special report – War on Pain: Understanding pain and pain mechanisms

By Kevin T. Galloway, BSN, MHA; Chester C. Buckenmaier III, MD; and Rosemary C. Polomano, PhD, RN, FAAN Pain is a significant challenge both for those who experience it and those who treat it. A...

New HHS funding program to help veterans with medical skills become nurses

On April 29, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announce a program designed to help military veterans with health care experience or training, such as medics, obtain a nursing degree. The...
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Improving pain care for combat injured soldiers and veterans

By Rosemary C. Polomano, PhD, RN, FAAN Advances in battlefield trauma management have significantly improved survival among military personnel injured in the current Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, compared to soldiers wounded in previous wars. Yet soldiers...

Special Report – War on Pain

Nursing Strategies to Improve Pain Care in Veterans and Military Personnel

US troops in Iraq breathe polluted air

Research presented at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society found that US troops in Iraq breath air that “often is polluted with dust and other particles of a size and composition...

Rand report calls for more action to prevent military suicide

“The War Within: Preventing Suicide in the U.S. Military,” a report released by the Rand Corporation, states U.S. military officials should improve their efforts to identify those at risk for suicide and improve the...

Recognizing posttraumatic stress disorder in military veterans

More than a half million members of the military have become our newest veterans. Compared to veterans of previous conflicts, Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans as a group are likely to be slightly older,...

Issues up close

Nurses in the Department, Veterans Administration, Federal Nurses Association (FedNA), and other groups are collaborating to make sue the healthcare needs of active-duty military personnel and veterans are met.
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Reflections on nursing in Vietnam

Mary Jo Rice-Mahoney, RN, MSN, Colonel U.S. Army, Retired, knows what it’s like to practice nursing in a war zone. She began her military career during her junior year of nursing school in 1968,...