ANA Supports Joining Forces

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ANA is JOINING FORCES For Veterans, Military Service Members, and Their Families

ANA and Nursing have joined forces with JOINING FORCES, in support of our military service member, veterans, and their families and have committed to “touch every nurse” in the country to raise awareness.

Initial and active partners in this collaborative venture were the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the National League for Nursing, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, and the federal nurses of the military and public health services.

Since the White House event and Nursing Leadership Summit at the University of Pennsylvania in April, hundreds of other nursing organizations, schools of nursing, and individuals have committed their pledge to Join Forces. Each is doing their part, within their collaborative expertise to make a difference.

ANA has committed to highlight one resource a month and has also developed an e-mail list to share some of the excellent resources, activities, and collaborative ventures available and being developed. Subscribe to list:

On behalf of ANA President Karen Daley and ANA CEO Marla Weston, ANA thanks you for your commitment and for all you are doing! We know you are doing amazing things – you are nurses, after all!

On behalf of all nursing, please consider joining the collective voice of the nursing profession in full support of “Joining Forces”” and think about what you, your organization, your school of nursing, or your work environment can do to improve the healthcare and service in support of the needs of this unique population. You can commit Your Pledge.

What is Joining Forces?

Joining Forces is a non-partisan comprehensive national initiative, led by the White House and First Lady Michelle Obama, to mobilize all sectors of the community to service members and their families.

On April 11, 2012, Nursing leaders were invited to join with First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden at the national launch event and Leadership Summit celebrating nursing’s support for the Joining Forces campaign. - Photo courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Why is it Important for Nurses to be Aware?

There is a steady stream of veterans and military service members returning to each of our communities throughout the country. While the VA cares for over 8 million veterans, the returning veteran may or may not have access to the VA experts in their local community. Only 50% of our returning military receive care in a military or VA system. The rest are cared for in their home communities. Because nursing is the largest healthcare workforce and is present in every community, we care for our military service members, veterans, and their families in every professional setting. We also know the wounded warriors as family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues.

What is the Nursing Profession Doing About PTSD and TBI?

The nursing profession is committed to raising awareness of the signs and symptoms and the large variety of quality resources. Every nurse should be equipped to recognize, know about and make appropriate referrals to quality programs and services. It is critical that we stand together to demonstrate leadership on this issue to improve the military service members quality of care. ANA is committed to building a coalition of nursing leaders and organizations to reach out to every nurse in the country. We invite you to join forces with us and make a difference for those who have committed their service to us and our country through military service.

What Can I, as an Individual Nurse, Do About It?

  • Learn about PTSD and TBI, and the other unique needs of this population.
  • Learn about the free resources available to you.
  • Share your knowledge.

What Can Nursing Organizations, Work Environments, and Schools of Nursing Do?

  • Learn about the unique needs of this population and how your organization or work environment can meet these needs.
  • Please join forces with nursing and make your pledge.

Thank you for your commitment.