Nurse Practitioners: Proud to Serve America’s Military Families

Cindy Cooke

Guest blog by AANP President Cindy Cooke, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners is a proud supporter of the White House Joining Forces initiative.  NPs are on the front lines of caring for our active duty and veteran service members and their families in a wide variety of settings, including military treatment facilities, VA and civilian communities.

The military community is an amazing collection of people who give their lives to the service and protection of our nation.  Caring for this population is an honor and privilege for NPs everywhere.

Understanding the nuances of the family dynamics and stressors on this population is key to providing the care that is needed.  There are more than 3.6 million U.S. military personnel total.  These active duty and reserve/guard service members fit many categories including single, single parents, married, and dual-military families.  More than half are married, and over 40% of service members have children.

NPs play an integral part in the care of our military service members and their families.  The challenges of geographic mobility, deployments and separations, risk of death or injury and residence in foreign countries make the care of this population unique.  That is why AANP is partnering with other health care organizations and Joining Forces to advance this important work.

Joining Forces dedicates the week of Veterans Day as Joining Forces Wellness Week.  Resources are available on AANP’s Joining Forces site.

On this Veterans Day, AANP honors those who serve and have served to protect the United States.  We also acknowledge the many nurse practitioners who are currently serving in the military, those who are veterans, and those whose family members serve.  Finally, to increase access to health care for veterans, we urge Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert A. McDonald, to publish regulations giving NPs full practice authority throughout the VA.  Read the press release, and voice your support for our veterans by sharing the following messages.

Twitter:  Sec. McDonald, publish #APRN #FullPracticeAuthority regulations @DeptVetAffairs #NPsCare4Vets http://wp.me/p4cIYe-cK

Facebook:  @VeteransAffairs Secretary McDonald, help nurse practitioners and other APRNs practice to the full extent of their education and clinical training and increase access to health care for America’s veterans.  Publish Full Practice Authority regulations today.  #NPsCare4Vets http://wp.me/p4cIYe-cK

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