Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for West Virginia Nurses: Mental Health Conditions Common to Veterans


Course Hours: 2

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Objectives: Define posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Summarize the epidemiology and etiology of PTSD. Identify risk factors for developing PTSD. Identify the symptoms and diagnostic criteria. Discuss the impact that caring for a person with PTSD has on family and caregivers. Discuss appropriate assessment and diagnosis of patients with suspected PTSD. Describe current interventions and outcome goals for patients.

Description: REQUIRED FOR WEST VIRGINIA RNs: Meets the requirement for 2 hours of continuing education on mental health conditions common to veterans and family members of veterans. Covers symptoms of PTSD, its impact, procedures for assessing patients with known or suspected PTSD, and care, intervention, and prevention.

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