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Interview with Mr. Mike Hays, Nursing.

This video is part of a series used in the online section of VTS 200 Introduction to Veterans Studies, taught exclusively at Eastern Kentucky University. Click here to take the first step in earning a Minor or Certificate in Veterans Studies.


Mike Hayes is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who is a registered nurse in the ER at the Lexington, KY Veterans Administration Hospital. He discussed his service in the U.S. Army and how a short “Combat Lifesaver Course” inspired him to pursue a career in the medical field. He provided insights into the return-home experiences of veterans—how veterans must adjust “from an environment where everything is taking place at a 100 mph”  to a life where the things move slower and the consequences are not as severe as those found in combat.

For Mr. Hayes, his career at the Lexington VA Hospital allows him to “keep serving.” He discussed some of his daily job responsibilities and introduced students to the Nursing field’s “Theory of Goal Attainment” developed by Imogene King. This theory is useful to Veterans Studies students who hope to evaluate personal, interpersonal, and social interactions in the lives of individual veterans. Mr. Hayes encourages students to “hit the books and read the stories written by veterans.” More importantly, perhaps, he implores students to seek out veterans themselves by engaging in volunteer work or visiting veterans in VA hospitals located throughout the United States.

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