3037-17: Military and VHA Panel: Navy, Air Force, Army, and VHA Collaboration and Behavioral Health Nursing Updates

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3037-17: Military and VHA Panel: Navy, Air Force, Army, and VHA Collaboration and Behavioral Health Nursing Updates

This session explores the challenges inherent in identifying and treating Service Members for behavioral health conditions and how the Navy, Air Force and Army are working together to standardize BH nursing processes across the Military Health System. Each service will additionally provide updates in behavioral health nursing from their particular service.


Presenters: JoEllen Schimmels, LTC, AN, PMHNP-BC, DNP; Sean Convoy, PMHNP-BC, DNP; Kevin Creedon, LtCol, USAF, PMHNP-BC; Scott Hutton, RN, PhD, MBA, VHA CO   

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:
  44 minutes

Target Audience:  RN, APRN


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

  1. Articulate challenges inherent in identifying and treating active and retired service members and the need to standardize BH practices.
  2. Review the initiatives to standardize behavioral health care across the Military Health System.
  3. Discuss the current state of behavioral health nursing in the Navy, Air Force and Army respectively along with current initiatives and behavioral health nursing role in the behavioral health system of care throughout the services.

Keywords: DoD, VA, Military, Department of Defense, Military Behavioral Health Initiatives, Veterans, PTSD


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 as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


Originally Presented
APNA 31st Annual Conference
Phoenix, Arizona
Friday, October 20, 2017
3:45pm - 4:30pm

The contact hours for this session expire:  December 31, 2019


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