FSU to create new nursing coursework on military health

Florida State University’s College of Nursing will offer a new graduate-level concentration and certificate next fall focusing on military health, thanks to a three-year, $1.25 million grant from the United Health Foundation.

With course titles such as “visible and non-visible wounds,” “geriatric mental health” and “women in war,” the goal is to better train nurse practitioners to care for military veterans and their families who face unique health challenges, given the nature of their service, said Susan Porterfield, assistant dean of the graduate program at the College of Nursing.

“We’re looking at the culture, we’re looking at sensitive approaches to military families,” Porterfield said.

United Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the healthcare company UnitedHealth Group, is providing seed money for the concentration and certificate in a state with a market for medical professionals equipped to treat a military community, said Patricia Horoho, chief executive of OptumServe, which is part

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