Last week on Wednesday, April 11th. First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden came to Penn nursing to launch a new initiative in their Joining Forces program. Joining forces is a a healthcare and treatment program for military personnel. It was such an exciting day and event. I was able to attend the event( had really good seats!)and got to shake Ms. Obama’s hand!!!
First Lady Obama and second lady Dr. Jill Biden talked about the importance nurses and advanced nurse practitioners have in making this initiative possible. This new initiative will help to train nurses and nursing students throughout the US in how to support service men and women. It was nice to hear how nurses and advanced nurse practitioners have such an important role within the healthcare industry. Ms. Obama stated herself that nurses are one of the few professions that are trusted by society. She emphasized that nurses are the front line of healthcare and it is imperative that the nursing profession be properly trained in various issues service man and women face such as PTSD. She also encouraged us as a society to not stigmatize PTSD and that PTSD is a normal occurrence especially when veterans have faced the violence of war.
Both First Lady Obama and Second Lady Biden did a wonderful job and I was truly uplifted by their speech. Both women commended Penn Nursing on their collaboration with the VA system in conducting PTSD research. It is exciting to be apart of an institution that is involved with the most latest and exciting research. I have included some photos below.