Caring for Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (11/11/2020)

Date: November 11, 2020

Time: 2:00 PM-3:00 PM ET


Currently, over half the veteran population in the United States is obtaining care outside of the Veterans Affair Health Care System (VAHCS). Because of this, all health care providers need to be prepared to meet the unique needs of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  

The recent passage of the VA Mission Act of 2018 further expanded access for veterans to non-VA civilian practices. Although this act increased access to health care for veterans, it did not address one of the major barriers to veteran-centered care outside of the VAHCS, namely that providers outside of the VA often do not know that their patient is a veteran or the exposures and needs of this population. Without this knowledge, providers might miss critical information about trauma or diagnoses related to specific exposures during the time they served, information that could assist in     providing quality care. 

This webinar will present a background on the various veterans and their needs in practice, the definition of PTSD, how to screen for PTSD, and how to treat PTSD. The session will also discuss PTSD in dementia and the effect in the long-term care setting.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the specific exposures and backgrounds of the veteran population.
  • Understand how to screen and treat veterans with PTSD.
  • Appreciate the need for asking "have you served" to all new patients to practice.
  • Review resources that are available to consult with when caring for veterans with PTSD.

Speaker: Jolene Cannady DNP, RN, AGPCNP-C

Jolene Cannady is a nurse practitioner who currently works for Cone Health System in Greensboro, North Carolina, practicing at Crissman Family Practice in the primary care setting. Prior to this she worked for the VA in long-term care, as well as for Optum, and decided to transition to the civilian sector as a way of reaching out to veterans within this sector and providing veteran-centered care.  Dr. Cannady created education for civilian health care providers on how to screen and care for veterans with PTSD. She will be presented her research poster at multiple conferences throughout the United States.  Dr. Cannady is an active member of the NCNA, AANP, and GAPNA.  Her research paper on caring for veterans with PTSD is published in JAANP.  She has a strong passion for caring for the veteran population and educating health care providers on how to provide veteran-centered care within the community.

Disclosure Information: The speaker has no financial relationships to disclose.

Credit Information: 

  • 1.0 CME
  • 1.0 CMD Management
  • 1.0 MOC