On Friday, April 05, the nursing department held a “Veterans’ Health Workshop.” This unique event featured faculty and guest speakers, a panel discussion, and question and answer session that allowed the participants to learn about veterans’ health, resources and training opportunities. A goal of the workshop was to enhance the curriculum and educate about the unique clinical challenges and best practices associated with caring for military service members, veterans, and their families.
“This event responds to the Joining Forces campaign led by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden,” said Dr. Rossignol, Director and Professor of the Nursing Department. “Future nurses need to know how to care for our nation’s veterans and their families facing post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression, and other clinical issues because most veterans today seek healthcare services outside the VA system.”
Guest speakers included Denise Lang-Grant, Ed.S., L.P.C., a licensed therapist specializing in trauma and crisis and Johnathan Jahr, currently a student at Caldwell College who served in the United States Marine corps for 3 ½ years. In addition, faculty and staff presenters included Dr. Marnie Sperling, Dr. Marycarol Rossignol, Dr. Theodora Sirota, and Kathleen Kelley.
Over 70 participants, nursing students and health personnel from Fort Dix attended the workshop. “We were pleased to hold this event and we plan to follow up with more offerings on veterans’ health in the near future,” said Dr. Rossignol.