Mental health NPs crucial in Air Force medical services

08/20/2012 |

The Air Force is recruiting more psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioners to cover the needs of airmen and their families. Maj. Brian Cunningham, a mental health nurse practitioner with the 446th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, helps Air Force personnel dealing with mental illness, a job he says gives him a clear sense of purpose. "The psychological impacts of war can be and are traumatic to the point of debilitation," said Lt. Col. Keith Smith, a colleague who has seen the impact of Cunningham's work.

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