Dominique Majied-Carter, RN, BSN, a deployment health nurse and case manager at Admiral Joel T. Boone Medical Clinic at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia Beach,Va., sees a lot of troops and their dependents. She sees them at various stages of their deployments, and noticed that many of her patients were complaining of insomnia, anxiety and depression.
Recognizing the signs of PTSD, Majied-Carter would often refer them to the PTSD clinic at her facility, but decided she wanted to do some outreach and education as well. That’s when she turned to the Military Pathways PTSD Screening and Awareness kits and started planning events.
To get the word out, she sent an email with information about the event to clinic staff, including the other four deployment health nurses in the area. She also used social media and posted the event on Facebook. Majied-Carter hung the Military Pathways PTSD posters in the Deployment Health and Medical Readiness Clinic, the Occupational Health Clinic and in the staff break rooms.
Looking to reach as many people as possible, Majied-Carter set up at the entrance of Boone Clinic which houses, in addition to the Deployment Health Clinic, the pediatric practice and primary care office. She put the educational and screening materials on a table, and gave the Proud, Tough, Strong, Determined t-shirts and Get a Handle on it tote bags (stuffed with PTSD educational materials) to anyone who agreed to take a screening.
Some people took the paper screening and between 10 and 20 scored positive and were referred to the clinic. Others realized by reading about the symptoms that they had had PTSD in the past, while others left with information about the online screening availability.
“Most of the people were appreciative that we were raising awareness about PTSD and that it is getting the attention it needs,” Majied-Carter said. “Many veterans commented that they would have loved to see this type of education sooner.”
Majied-Carter reported that she got a very positive response from the people who came, especially about the t-shirts. “Everybody, men and women, loved the message that was on the t-shirt.”