April Caregiving Webinar: Understanding Narcotic Medications for Service Members

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Join the Military Caregiving Concentration for a FREE monthly professional development webinar on, ‘Understanding Narcotic Medications for Service Members.’

Narcotic medications are used for a variety of treatments such as, pain management, anxiety, and sleep disorders. Narcotic prescriptions may be given to augment and extend the effects of medications for service members with acute and chronic pain.

Within the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the role that professionals play in medication management for service members.
  • Identify various classes of narcotics, their actions and potential dependence it may cause for wounded warriors.
  • Highlight differences in the therapies for acute and chronic pain management, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Presenters

The April caregiving webinar will feature two presenters from West Texas A&M University (WTAMU), Kristen Kuhlmann, Ph.D., and Nancy Turrubiates, MSN, RN.

Dr. Kuhlmann is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at WTAMU with a research interest in exploring what motivates people to begin or maintain a healthy lifestyle, in order to reduce chronic health problems. Nancy Turrubiates is an Instructor of Nursing at WTAMU and is also a direct commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserves and was promoted to Captain (CPT) in 2011. Turrubiates currently teaches in the Bachelor of Science Nursing program at WTAMU to senior level students in community health courses.

CEU Credit Available!

The Military Families Learning Network will be providing 1.0 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) continuing education credit to credentialed participants. Certificates of Completion will also be available for training hours as well. For more information on CEU credits, see NASW Continuing Education Instructions. 

Interested in Joining the Webinar?

*No registration is required; simply go to, Understanding Narcotic Medication for Service Members, the day of the event to join. The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense so you must install security certificates if you are not located on a military installation. Instructions for certificate installation can be found by clicking on DCO Adobe Certificate Installation. You can connect to the Adobe webinar using iPhone, iPad, and Droid apps. Search for DCO Connect in the respective stores.

For those who cannot connect to the Adobe site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on Ustream.


This post written by Mikala Whitaker of the MFLN Military Caregiving concentration team and was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on March 17, 2015.

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