USF Nursing presents research on innovative therapy to USSOCOM Care Coalition
After an introduction by U.S. Special Operations Commander Adm. William McRaven, Dr. Elk helped kick off the conference, speaking on the topics of post traumatic stress (PTS) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as about USF College of Nursing research testing the effects of Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) to treat emotional problems and related symptoms that arise from serving in combat operations.
ART is a revolutionary intervention being tested in one of the five sub-studies of the College’s Research to Rehabilitate/Restore the Lives of Veterans, Service Members and their Families grant funded by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. Dr. Elk is co-principal investigator of the ART study.
An active duty senior special operations operator flew in to Tampa to speak about the treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder being studied at the USF College of Nursing. He provided testimony that he had experienced sleep dysfunction from 10 years of combat, but that after only one session of ART in Dr. Elk’s private practice he was able to sleep unmedicated, according to an article on TBO.com.
U.S. Special Operations Commander Adm. William McRaven said in an article on TBO.com, the Care Coalition is “my top priority … because at the end of the day, you can’t get anything done in this command unless you take care of the warriors and families… As we look at the pressure on the force, how do we preserve the force?” he asked. “Care Coalition is a key part of that.”
Through the Center for Education and Research to Rehabilitate and Restore the Lives of Veterans, Service Members and their Families or Restore Lives Center, USF College of Nursing faculty develop life enhancing treatments through nursing research, and educate nurses with the knowledge and skills specific to the needs of the military, veterans and their families. The ART study is an example of type of research that the USF College of Nursing is developing to help honored service members and veterans.
Mr. Kevin McDonnell, Col. (ret) US Army, Director of the USSOCOM Care Coalition, visited the University of South Florida College of Nursing on Feb. 13, 2012 to discuss ways in which the College of Nursing could support the mission of the Care Coalition in serving military members. The primary focus of this conversation was on Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).
As Military Liason, Dr. Elk represents the USF College of Nursing in the military community locally, regionally and nationally, while encouraging potential education, service and research collaborations. She has been invited to conduct presentations for MacDill service members as an expert and researcher in treating in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Dr. Elk’s recent presentations have included James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital (June 1), to 450 service members at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa (June 3), and Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas (week of June 4).
USF has a long history of supporting the nation’s service members, veterans and their families with workforce issues, innovative educational programs and out-of-the-box nursing research conducted by leading faculty. On November 13, 2012, the USF College of Nursing Restore Lives Center will host, JOINING FORCES TO RESTORE LIVES: Nursing Education and Research in Veterans Health, the first national conference where the top nurse educators and scientists will focus on nursing education and research designed to meet the needs of veterans, service members and their families. This conference is part of USF’s commitment to support the Joining Forces campaign as a national nursing leader.
Full story, McRaven pledges to help troops, families deal with stress, on TBO.com.
Story by Ashlea Hudak, USF College of Nursing Communications