Answering the joining forces call: Integrating woman veteran care into nursing simulations

Author Affiliations: Associate Professor (Dr Harmer) and Assistant Professor (Ms Huffman), Department of Nursing, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, Michigan.
Nurse educator (Impact Factor: 0.67). 11/2012; 37(6):237-41. DOI: 10.1097/NNE.0b013e31826f2c39
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Joining Forces is a national undertaking asking for a commitment from nurses to serve military members, veterans, and their family members. However, given the content saturation concerns so common in nursing curricula, how can educators ensure this content is in their curricula without overburdening their faculty or students? The authors provide suggestions on how to modify existing simulations to incorporate veteran care. These suggestions can easily be incorporated into simulations for nursing schools, hospitals, or outpatient care settings.

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    ABSTRACT: To address the unique needs of our returning military and veterans, the White House initiated the Joining Forces campaign and has encouraged colleges of nursing throughout the nation to support this mission. At the University of South Florida College of Nursing, we have implemented a multifaceted approach that addresses education, research, and employment. These military-related programs have been unified under our RESTORE LIVES (Research and Education to Rehabilitate and Restore the Lives of Veterans, Services Members and their Families) initiative. To accomplish this mission, we enhanced our curriculum to include veteran health care issues, developed research that addresses veteran wellness, launched an accelerated program to enable veterans and military personnel with medical experience to obtain their baccalaureate in nursing, and encouraged a culture within the college that is supportive of military-based health care and employment needs. We have shared our experiences through webinars and presentations and by hosting a national conference. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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