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Congressman Murphy visits University nursing students to discuss veteran health issues

Posted by Ashley Wise on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 @ 16:10 PM

Congressman Tim Murphy will speak to Waynesburg University senior nursing students enrolled in a Clinical Prevention & Population Health course from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in Stewart Science Hall on the campus of the University.

Murphy, presenting as a psychologist and not as a political figure, will discuss Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) issues relevant to military veterans.

Melany D. Chrash, assistant professor of nursing, is proud of her students for establishing this opportunity.

“The students are very excited about this opportunity,” Chrash said. “As part of our Joining Forces program with the White House, we are attempting to draw attention and awareness to veterans' issues and to educate our nursing students regarding their very specific health concerns.”

The Joining Forces Program is a government program intended to bring together resources to support U.S. military and their families.  The American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Nurses Association and the White House have partnered to promote the development of nursing curriculum that specifically addresses the needs of the military as part of the Joining Forces Program. 

“The Waynesburg University nursing department has ‘joined forces’ to demonstrate leadership and provide educational resources  that will improve the quality of care that veterans receive, whether they seek care in the Veterans Assistance system, a community hospital or a clinic,” Chrash said. “The men and women of the military have risked their lives to protect our way of life, and as nurses we make a commitment to care for them and their families with the highest quality of care possible.”

There is no registration for this event. All students are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Melany D. Chrash at or724-852-3348.

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