NWF Nursing program hosts seminar on military healthcare needs

March 23, 2017

NICEVILLE- On March 8, NWF State College’s Nursing department hosted a one day seminar for BSN students to hear firsthand accounts of the issues that challenge active military and veterans in coping with the wounds of war, homelessness and adapting to civilian culture.

This seminar is part of a three-creditnursing military healthcare seminar course, “Nursing Care of Military and Veteran Populations”, that was created after the American Nurses Association tasked nursing programs across the nation to better equip students to handle the healthcare needs of veterans and their families. Attending this year’s seminar were guest speakers Judge T. Patterson Maney and his wife Caroline.

As an Army Reserve Brigadier General, Judge Maney was injured by an IED while serving in Afghanistan which resulted in a traumatic brain injury that required extensive therapy. Together, Judge and Mrs. Maney now advocate for wounded military members and their families.

Additionally, Purple Heart recipients from Chapter 811 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart also participate in this program by discussing their healthcare experiences from injury to treatment while serving in the military. Their work with the nursing program contributed to NWF State College being designated as a Purple Heart college in 2014, the first in Florida.

All aspects of military life and culture are covered in this course offered by the RN to BSN program at NWF, ranging from military sexual trauma to the unique language and culture of the military. Now in its fifth semester, this course teaches student nurses how to best serve and treat active military, veterans and family members.

For more information about this seminar or the “Nursing Care of Military and Veteran Populations” course at NWF State College, please contact Dr. Teresa Ryan, Assistant Professor of Nursing, at 850-729-6418 or ryant@nwfsc.edu.


Photo caption (L-R): Front row: Dr. Marty Walker, Director of Nursing, Dr. Lenora Cook, Adjunct Professor of Nursing, Dr. Teresa Ryan, Assistant Professor of Nursing Back row: Dr. Beth Norton, Professor of Nursing, Dennis Sherwood, Dean of Career and Technical Education, Caroline Maney, Judge T. Patterson Maney, David Blackburn, Purple Heart recipient of Chapter 811 and Nursing Advisory Committee member