Page 9 Complete Your CE Test Online - Click Here Screening West Virginia Veterans for Mental Health Issues 2 Contact Hours (Mandatory) Release Date: March 12, 2018 Expiration Date: March 12, 2021 Faculty Adrianne Avillion, D.Ed., RN Adrianne is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and healthcare author. She holds a doctoral degree in adult education and a M.S. in nursing from Penn State University and a BSN from Bloomsburg University. Dr. Avillion has held a variety of nursing positions as a staff nurse in critical care and physical medicine and rehabilitation settings and leadership roles in professional development. She has published extensively and is a frequent presenter at events devoted to the specialty of continuing education and nursing professional development. She is also owner and CEO of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business that specializes in continuing education for healthcare professionals and consulting services in nursing professional development. Content reviewer Stephani Hunt, MSN, RN, WCC, OMS, ONC Audience This course was developed for West Virginia nurses who want to improve their ability to effectively screen U.S. veterans for mental health problems and facilitate treatment for such problems. Course overview There are approximately 23.4 million veterans in the United States and about 2.2 million military service members and 3.1 million immediately family members. A significant number of veterans are dealing with problems related to mental health disorders, which are intertwined with the problems of homelessness, substance use/abuse, and suicide. It is imperative that nurses be able to screen veterans for such problems and intervene promptly and effectively to help decrease the effects of these critical healthcare issues. Learning objectives Upon completion of this course, the reader should be able to: Š Š Discuss relevant statistical data that pertain to the mental health of veterans. Š Š Discuss why veterans may be reluctant to seek help for mental health issues. Š Š Describe the characteristics of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among veterans. Š Š Explain treatment initiatives for PTSD. Š Š Discuss statistics pertaining to depression, traumatic brain injury, and suicide in veterans. Š Š Explain the screening process for depression. Š Š Assist in facilitating treatment for veterans suffering from depression. How to receive credit ● ● Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 2-hour commitment of time. ● ● Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to complete either: ○ ○ An affirmation that you have completed the educational activity. ○ ○ A mandatory test (a passing score of 70 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. ● ● Provide required personal information and payment information. ● ● Complete the MANDATORY Self-Assessment and Course Evaluation. ● ● Print your Certificate of Completion. Accreditations and approvals Elite is accredited as a provider of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Individual state nursing approvals In addition to states that accept ANCC, Elite is an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by: Alabama, Provider #ABNP1418 (valid through March 1, 2021); California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP15022; District of Columbia Board of Nursing, Provider # 50-4007; Florida Board of Nursing, Provider #50-4007; Georgia Board of Nursing, Provider #50-4007; and Kentucky Board of Nursing, Provider #7-0076 (valid through December 31, 2019). This CE program satisfies the Massachusetts Board’s regulatory requirements as defined in 244 CMR5.00: Continuing Education. Activity director June D. Thompson, DrPH, MSN, RN, FAEN, Lead Nurse Planner Disclosures Resolution of Conflict of Interest In accordance with the ANCC Standards for Commercial Support for continuing education, Elite implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity. Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement It is the policy of Elite not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.