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    In an effort to support our members with the most updated information on COVID-19 we developed this resource page to easily access current CDC information and other resources to assist you professionally and personally.

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  • Clinical Care OptionsNew for GAPNA members: Clinical Care Options

    GAPNA has partnered with a Clinical Care Options to offer an ongoing series of free CNE programs available to GAPNA members. "Diagnosis, Classification and Treatment of Heart Failure in Older Adults" is the latest program offered.

    In this interactive Webcast, expert faculty review the challenges of managing older adults with HF, including diagnosis, staging, and developing individualized management plans.

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  • GAPNA 2020 National President Deborah Dunn, EdD, MSN, GNP-BC, ACNS-BC, GS-C interviews Dr. Ron Billano Ordona, DNP, FNP-BC about providing home-based primary care during COVID 19.

    "Facing Forward: Providing Home-based Primary Care during COVID 19"

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Veterans’ Health

Military Personnel, Stigma, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse

by Brittny Mills

Mental health and substance abuse issues are concerns for many military personnel returning from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Of the significant number affected, few attempt to receive treatment, in part due to the stigma associated with mental illness and substance abuse. “Mental health issues are particularly susceptible to stigma due to the pattern of attribution by which individuals with psychological problems are perceived to be responsible for their illness as opposed to those with physical conditions” (Olmsted et al., 2011, p. 53).

Internal stigma is also greater in those with mental health distress as opposed to those without. Of the 1,436 participants (soldiers) surveyed by Olmsted and colleagues (2011), “the results of this study indicated that although all military personnel reported stigma regarding treatment for mental health and substance abuse, those actually receiving treatment held higher perceptions of stigma regarding mental health treatment” (p. 60).

This unfortunately leads to fewer military personnel seeking mental health and/or substance abuse treatment(s) and greater numbers of treatment failures.

Brittny Mills
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Student

Olmsted, K.L.R., Brown, J.M., Vandermaas-Peeler, J.R., Tueller, S.J., Johnson, R.E., & Gibbs, D.A. (2011). Mental health and substance abuse treatment stigma among soldiers. Military Psychology, 23(1), 52-64. doi:10.1080/08995605.2011.534414

Plan your trip to the nation’s capital during GAPNA’s Annual Conference, September 26-29, 2018 by checking out all the things to do, places to eat, and ways to have fun.

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