First-of-its-Kind Program on Military Medicine and Veteran Health

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The new Veteran and Military Health Care (VMHC) program at the University of Colorado College of Nursing is offering online courses based on the unique needs of veterans and military service members. The program provides nurses and health care professionals the chance to get involved with emerging treatments at the Veterans Administration Medical Centers and Military Health System.

Mona Pearl, PhD, RN, Colonel (Ret.), USAF and professor at the CU College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus

War veterans are found to be at a significantly increased risk for suicide. With 22 veterans dying from suicide each day, they deserve health care professionals that can address the invisible and visible consequences of war

The new Veteran and Military Health Care (VMHC) program at the University of Colorado College of Nursing is offering online courses based on the unique needs of veterans and military service members. The program provides nurses and health care professionals the chance to get involved with emerging treatments at the Veterans Administration Medical Centers and Military Health System.

“Our veterans and service members have unique needs compared to the general population. The consequences of combat and military service are enduring and affect veterans and their families,” said Mona Pearl, PhD, RN, Colonel (Ret.), USAF and professor at the CU College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus. “War veterans are found to be at a significantly increased risk for suicide. With 22 veterans dying from suicide each day, they deserve health care professionals that can address the invisible and visible consequences of war by providing them with patient and family centered care.”

In the U.S., there are over 22 million beneficiaries in the Veterans Administration, more than nine million in the Military Health System (MHS), and over 100,000 doctors and nurses. This program is designed to expose health care professionals to the nuances of military and veteran culture, systems, and services. It aims to expand their understanding of the special needs of veterans and military service members. And ultimately, it strives to not only provide care, but also help them manage their own health and wellness.

“Veteran culture is complex and unique to each veteran,” said Dr. Pearl. “We developed this program to promote an academic and clinical specialty that would address the needs of this population. We believe our heroes and their families deserve health care tailored to both veteran and military related medical conditions and family dynamics.”

This is an online program enabling individuals to access and achieve a graduate certificate, master’s degree or a customized plan of study for a bachelor’s of science degree to a PhD either locally or remotely.

Pearl entered the USAF in 1992 as a master’s-prepared nurse and served as both an active duty and reserve officer, attaining the rank of Colonel before her retirement in 2014. As a three time Cancer survivor, she has also successfully navigated the health care system.

If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Pearl, please contact Ryann Nickerson at 720-726-0378.

About the College of Nursing at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus: Founded in 1898, the CU College of Nursing offers bachelor's, master’s and doctoral (DNP and PHD) programs to more than 900 students in two locations and online. Our master’s programs and online graduate programs are ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report. New programs include a certificate in palliative care, and a DNP/MPH interdisciplinary dual degree and new master’s specialties in acute care and military and veterans’ health. Learn more about the college at http://www.nursing.ucdenver.edu.

Contact: Ryann Nickerson, Media Relations
720.726.0378 Ryann.Nickerson(at)ucdenver(dot)edu

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