A Student-Directed Community Project to Support Sexually Abused Women Veterans Suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Authors

  • Donna Marie Wing R.N., Ed.D., CARN,

    1. Donna Marie Wing is an Adjunct Professor, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana. Jayne R. Oertle is the Women Veterans Coordinator, Veterans Administration, Muskogee Medical Center, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Autumn R. Cabioc and Carlissa M. Evans are Staff Nurses, St. John Medical Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dana J. Smith is a Staff Nurse, Woman's Hospital of Texas, Houston, Texas. Belinda L. Stangeby is a Staff Nurse, Mercy Hospital, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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  • Jayne R Oertle R.N., M.S., CARN,

    1. Donna Marie Wing is an Adjunct Professor, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana. Jayne R. Oertle is the Women Veterans Coordinator, Veterans Administration, Muskogee Medical Center, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Autumn R. Cabioc and Carlissa M. Evans are Staff Nurses, St. John Medical Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dana J. Smith is a Staff Nurse, Woman's Hospital of Texas, Houston, Texas. Belinda L. Stangeby is a Staff Nurse, Mercy Hospital, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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  • Autumn R Cabioc R.N., B.S.N.,

    1. Donna Marie Wing is an Adjunct Professor, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana. Jayne R. Oertle is the Women Veterans Coordinator, Veterans Administration, Muskogee Medical Center, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Autumn R. Cabioc and Carlissa M. Evans are Staff Nurses, St. John Medical Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dana J. Smith is a Staff Nurse, Woman's Hospital of Texas, Houston, Texas. Belinda L. Stangeby is a Staff Nurse, Mercy Hospital, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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  • Carlissa M Evans R.N., B.S.N.,

    1. Donna Marie Wing is an Adjunct Professor, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana. Jayne R. Oertle is the Women Veterans Coordinator, Veterans Administration, Muskogee Medical Center, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Autumn R. Cabioc and Carlissa M. Evans are Staff Nurses, St. John Medical Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dana J. Smith is a Staff Nurse, Woman's Hospital of Texas, Houston, Texas. Belinda L. Stangeby is a Staff Nurse, Mercy Hospital, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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  • Dana J Smith R.N., B.S.N.,

    1. Donna Marie Wing is an Adjunct Professor, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana. Jayne R. Oertle is the Women Veterans Coordinator, Veterans Administration, Muskogee Medical Center, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Autumn R. Cabioc and Carlissa M. Evans are Staff Nurses, St. John Medical Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dana J. Smith is a Staff Nurse, Woman's Hospital of Texas, Houston, Texas. Belinda L. Stangeby is a Staff Nurse, Mercy Hospital, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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  • Belinda L Stangeby R.N., B.S.N.

    1. Donna Marie Wing is an Adjunct Professor, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana. Jayne R. Oertle is the Women Veterans Coordinator, Veterans Administration, Muskogee Medical Center, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Autumn R. Cabioc and Carlissa M. Evans are Staff Nurses, St. John Medical Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dana J. Smith is a Staff Nurse, Woman's Hospital of Texas, Houston, Texas. Belinda L. Stangeby is a Staff Nurse, Mercy Hospital, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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Abstract

While awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and sexual abuse continues to grow, it has only been during the past few years that the military has realized the prevalence and impact of sexual abuse inflicted upon women while on active military duty. Though Veteran Administration (VA) agencies throughout the United States have given concerted attention to this problem, published resources specific to PTSD and military sexual abuse have been limited.

In this article the authors present the results of a 2 ½-year endeavor to address the problem of PTSD and military sexual abuse at the Tulsa VA Outpatient Clinic. The project started with a research study and the subsequent initiation of a PTSD women veterans support group, and culminated in the development of resource manuals for both professional staff and women veterans.

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