2047-18: Mini Concurrent Sessions: Military/Veterans

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2047-18: The Role of Vitamin D in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Should Screening be Routine? | The Chameleon in Psychiatric Nursing: Traumatic Brain Injury

This mini concurrent session includes two 20-minute presentations (described below) plus Q&A.

The Role of Vitamin D in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Should Screening be Routine?
This presentation introduces a connection between vitamin D deficiency and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through inflammation. Vitamin D deficiency is more common in Veterans, yet screening is not routine practice. Highlighting the implications of vitamin D deficiency in PTSD and the importance of screening can improve patient outcomes.  
Presenters:  Jennifer W. Carpenter, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC; Yasemin Turkman, PhD, MPH, PMHNP-BC; W. Chance Nicholson, MSN, PMHNP-BC, PhD Student

The Chameleon in Psychiatric Nursing: Traumatic Brain Injury
Many Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have experienced traumatic brain injuries (TBI). TBI is chronic in nature requiring different approaches compared to psychiatric illness. This presentation will outline principles and screening tools for clinicians in non-acute settings. Strategies for primary, secondary, and tertiary clinical care will be addressed.  
Presenters:  Jaenelle Grace, MSN, PMHNP-BC; Lauren Rae Roberts, MSN, PMHNP-BC; Samantha Reynolds, MSN, PMHNP-BC; Teena McGuinness, PhD, CRNP, FAAN

Disclosures:  The presenters and planners have no conflict of interest or commercial support to disclose.  Off-label uses will not be discussed during this presentation.


Session Length:  41 minutes

Target Audience:  RN, APRN


Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the relationship between inflammation and vitamin D deficiency and their implications in post-traumatic stress disorder.
  2. Explain the importance of screening for TBI in psychiatric settings. 

Keywords:  Vitamin D, Inflammation, PTSD, TBI, Veterans, Screening Tools

Continuing Nursing Education
0.75 contact hours.  * In order to receive contact hours, you must: Listen to presentation, complete an evaluation, and earn a passing score on the post-test before the expiration date. You will have 5 tries to correctly answer the questions on the post-test and a score of 80% is required to pass. Once you have passed and completed an evaluation, the certificate will be generated online, available for you to print immediately. You cannot earn credit unless all steps are completed.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


Originally Presented
APNA 32nd Annual Conference
Columbus, Ohio
Thursday, October 25, 2018
3:00pm - 3:45pm

The contact hours for this session expire:  December 31, 2020

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