A Bid for Nursing Support

America’s first ladies, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, are lending their support to a campaign for a better understanding of the unique health needs of military personnel, veterans and family members.

Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, announced on April 11 a pledge by the nation’s nursing community to become more engaged in educating current and future nurses on how to recognize and care for those afflicted with post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, depression and other combat-related issues.

The announcement was made in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania, home to one of the nation’s preeminent nursing schools. Supporting the pledge in the “Joining Forces” campaign are 150 state and national nursing organizations and 500 nursing schools.

Mrs. Obama said nurses “are often the first people we see when we walk through the door” of a hospital, doctor’s office or other medical facility.

Read more in the San Antonio Express-News.

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