Holistic Approach

The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) has taken the American Nurses Association pledge to support the White House’s Joining Forces initiative.

Medical-surgical nurses should seek to provide a holistic approach to caring for the military service member. These resources provide insights into the lived experiences of returning veterans.

AMSN Recommended Resources

Scholarly Papers

Spira, J. L., Pyne, J. M., Wiederhold, B., Wiederhold, M., Graap, K., & Rizzo, A. (2006). Virtual reality and other experiential therapies for combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder. Primary Psychiatry, 13(3), 43-49.

The use of virtual reality as a psychiatric intervention to address PTSD.



  • Health Partners, Joining Forces
    • Home Again (30 minutes) - Recounts the experience of being deployed overseas, returning home and challenges of reintegrating into civilian life.
    • On the Mend (30 minutes) - Provides an overview of the health related issues faced by soldiers and their families.
    • Grey Matters (30 minutes) - Explores the causes, diagnoses and treatment of mild traumatic brain injury.
    • Breaking Point (30 minutes) - Focuses on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Veterans Health Admin, From Surviving to Thriving - Relationship-based care that reawakens the veteran and engages the mind-heart-will of the body (28 minutes).
  • Veterans Health Admin, Veteran Testimonial for MOVE! Program - Post-war depression and effects of medications on weight gain: the MOVE program.