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NURS401 - Caring for Today's Veterans

Course Details

Course Code: NURS401 Course ID: 4453 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course addresses the unique healthcare issues facing today's veterans. Emphasis is on physical and psychosocial needs of veterans and the delivery of patient/family centered care. Post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other health issues of veterans will be explored through evidence-based literature and research. Students will examine the veteran culture, identify health risks, analyze health issues and trends in healthcare systems, and explore best practices.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Investigate the components of the unique veteran culture.
2. Analyze the main issues facing today’s combat veterans.
3. Discuss the history of combat injuries in recent wars and the reasons for improved survival rates.
4. Assess the multiple systems in which veterans may seek healthcare.
5. Identify veteran service organizations in your local area.
6. Explain the symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury and their relationship to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and suicide.
7. Describe the primary physical injuries of today's war veterans.
8. Evaluate the unique healthcare issues facing women veterans.
9. Analyze ways in which veterans have been portrayed in the media.
10. Recommend ways in which nurses can be leaders in promoting veterans' health issues.

Required Text(s), Reading, and Resources

All course content can be found in the APUS Library E-Reserve

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.