Joining Forces

AMSN Supports Joining Forces

The Joining Forces Initiative from First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden connects our military service members and their families with resources they deserve.

The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) has pledged our support and joined forces with the American Nurses Association (ANA) and more than 90 other nursing organizations to equip nurses to provide care for the soldier and veteran. Read the Nursing Pledge in the tab below.

Because only 36% of veterans receive health care in a military or VA system, all nurses need to be aware of the aspects of this patient population, specifically about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Resources for the Medical-Surgical Nurse

AMSN desires to equip the medical-surgical nurse with the knowledge and resources needed to provide excellent patient care to military members and veterans.

Nurses are encouraged to check their agency policies before using information from this website pertaining to the provision of care and/or resource coordination for patients.

Resources by Topic

Browse resources in the list below by topic for information on how to address the unique care needs of military members and their families. They are as follows:

Terms used in the literature:

  • OEF - Operation Enduring Freedom
  • OIF   - Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • OND - Operation New Dawn

Additional Resources and Information

Hotline Phone Numbers

  • Outreach Center for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Information and Resources: 866-966-1020
  • VA Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, Dial 1

Mobile Applications

  • Obtain the PTSD Toolkit APP - Wolters Kluwer, a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, today announced the release of a mobile version of the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) toolkit from the American Nurses Foundation (ANF) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing). Developed by Lippincott Solutions, the free mobile app is designed to help nurses and other healthcare professionals gain rapid access to trusted PTSD information to support and inform care decisions.

Pledge Your Support

Nurses can independently pledge their support of the Joining Forces initiative through ANA.

Nursing Pledge

Nursing Pledge in Support of Our Military Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families through the “Joining Forces” of Nursing Professionals

Joining Forces is First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive national initiative, to mobilize all sectors of the community to give our service members, veterans, and their families the support they deserve, particularly when it comes to employment, education, and wellness. ( )

Our military service members, veterans, and their families have made a significant contribution to our nation’s safety and security. This contribution has been at great cost to each veteran and her or his family.

The profession of nursing has a long and established history of meeting and supporting the physical and mental health needs of our nation’s military service members, veterans, and their families.

So, the profession of nursing has pledged to inspire and prepare each nurse to recognize the unique health and wellness concerns of this population.

And with this pledge, the profession of nursing is committed to:

  • Educating America’s future nurses to care for our nation's veterans, service members, and their families facing post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression, and other clinical issues;
  • Enriching nursing education to ensure that current and future nurses are educated and trained in the unique clinical challenges and best practices associated with caring for military service members, veterans, and their families;
  • Disseminating the most up-to-date information as it relates to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD);
  • Growing the body of knowledge leading to improvements in health care and wellness for our military service members, veterans, and their families; and
  • Leading and advancing the supportive community of nurses, institutions, and health care providers dedicated to improving the health of military service members, veterans, and their families.

By Joining Forces, the profession of nursing will inspire and prepare each nurse to recognize the unique health and wellness concerns of this population, and thereby improve the lives of those who have sacrificed in the service of our country.

CNE from the AMSN Online Library

From the AMSN 2013 Annual Conference:

"A Joining Forces Initiative Update: Strategies for Bedside Nurses to Provide Comprehensive Care to Veterans and Their Families"

One (1) Contact hour.

Continuing Education Provider Statement

Continuing Nursing Education activities are co-provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ) and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN).

AJJ is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA).

AJJ is a Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider Number CEP 5387. Licensees in the state of CA must retain this certificate for 4 years after the CE activity is completed.