• 2020 GAPNA Pharmacology Conference: Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older AdultsJoin us at the 2020 GAPNA Pharmacology Conference:
    Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older Adults

    April 14-18, 2020, Honolulu, HI.

    Earn up to 18 CNE hours.


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  • W A N T E D   G A P N A   L E A D E R S!
    Call for Nominations!

    Have you ever considered stepping forward, accepting the challenge and volunteering for a position on the 2020-21 National Board of Directors? Register online NOW by March 22, 2020!

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  • AwardNew for GAPNA members: MCM Education

    GAPNA has partnered with a MCM Education to offer an ongoing series of CNE programs available to GAPNA members. "Diagnosing and Managing Parkinson’s Disease in Older Adults," is the latest program offered.

    Parkinson’s disease (PD) is characterized by both motor and nonmotor symptoms. It is diagnosed based on the presence of two of four motor symptoms including rest tremor, bradykinesia, rigidity, and gait imbalance...

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  • ConventionCALL FOR: Podium and Poster Abstracts

    For the 38th GAPNA Annual Conference
    at the Hyatt Regency
    New Orleans, LA, September 24-26, 2020

    GAPNA members are invited to submit an abstract about their innovative work, that should enrich the APRN's knowledge and/or enhance the care of an older adult. Deadline March 15, 2020.

    Find out more info and deadline dates

  • FREE CE for GAPNA MembersFREE continuing education credit is available for the following session:

    "Update in Chronic Kidney Disease Management and Prescribing"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2018 Annual Conference)

    For January/February 2020 - Get Your Free CNE Now!

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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