Nurse Education on Veteran Care

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 can maintain a continued learning for the military service member. These resources are for the medical-surgical nurse who wishes to pursue ongoing research and education to support our 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.



  • DCoE, Intracerebral Microdialysis Applied to Traumatic Brain Injury - This 5 minute video from Washington University in St Louis describes a new form of MRI (Diffusion Tensor Imaging) that can detect blast traumatic brain injury not detected by traditional MRI or CT.
  • Veterans Health Admin, Nursing Academy - VA Nursing Academy, a consortium of nursing schools collaborating to educate nurses how to meet the special needs of veterans.        
  • Veterans Health Admin, TRACTS: VA Research explores mental health issues of PTSD and TBI   - Translational Research Center for Traumatic Brain Injury and Stress Disorder (TRACTS) Research Program insights into the adjustment issues faced by returning veterans.