January 3, 2013 - For the next six months, the Auburn University Nursing School Junior-level students will discuss issues affecting military veterans' health. The goal of this initiative is to provide health awareness and create dialogue of the challenges veteran students face when transitioning from combat to the classroom.
It has been well documented that hundreds of thousands of veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq have been affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), struggled with substance abuse and chronic pain related to combat injuries, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Since 2000, it is estimated more than 44,000 troops have suffered at least a moderate-grade traumatic brain injury.
To explore the concept of health promotion, a junior-level course called Professional Concepts in Nursing encouraged students to use their creativity and writing communication skills to learn and communicate about various health issues. Six students were selected based on their exemplary work to work collaboratively with the faculty course leader, Dr. Libba McMillan to publish in The Auburn Villager.
Auburn University has 284 veterans and 416 veteran dependents enrolled this fall semester. According to Dr. Johnny Green, Director of the Auburn University Veteran's and Transfer Students Resource Center, Auburn University was named to G.I. Jobs magazine's list of Military Friendly Schools for 2013 for being among the top 15 percent of schools nationwide that deliver the best experience for military students. It's an honor to serve by impacting veteran's health to those who have served honorably. read more>>>