Caring for Veterans and Their Families: A Guide for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals (Paperback)
Of the approximately 20 million veterans of the U.S. armed forces, less than half utilize the Veteran's Health Administration healthcare system. In fact, about 60% receive all their health care in the private sector, where nurses and healthcare professionals may not be adequately trained in treating or caring for patients who have served in the military. This first-of-its kind book guides healthcare clinicians on how to address culturally competent care for veterans and their family members. Caring for Veterans and Their Families: A Guide for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals discusses the role of the military and veteran healthcare systems and provides insight and guidance on key topics, including defining military culture and how to apply that knowledge to provide informed treatment, transitioning from service to civilian life and the many challenges expected during re-adjustment and re-entry, recognizing and treating substance use disorders, identifying suicidal behaviors and warning signs, long-term care for elderly veterans, and many more topics unique to the health care of veterans and their families.