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Veteran Care in Nursing Education

Bowman, C. C., Johnson, L., Cox, M., Rick, C., Dougherty, M., Alt-White, A. C., . . . Dobalian, A. (2011). The Department of Veterans Affairs Nursing Academy (VANA): Forging strategic alliances with schools of nursing to address nursing's workforce needs. Nursing Outlook, 59(6), 299-307. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2011.04.006
The authors of this article outline the Department of Veterans Affairs (establishment of the VA Nursing Academy and the nationwide pilot program between nursing schools and local VA health clinics. The mission of the pilot was to increase the number of nursing faculty, advance clinical faculty development, enhance nursing student enrollment, and promote educational innovations.

Rittman, M., Hinze, M., Citty, S., Chappell, J., & Anderson, C. (2010). The VA nursing academy embedded clinical education model. Nurse Educator, 35(4), 167-171. doi:10.1097/NNE.0b013e3181e33998
The authors discuss the Veterans Affairs Nursing Academy program as a resource to promote partnerships between the VHS and schools of nursing to supplement faculty resources, to educate more nurses, and to increase recruitment of nurses in the VHS. The authors describe the embedded faculty model and the goals and outcomes of the partnership program.

Wieland, D., Hursey, M., & Delgado, D. (2010). Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) military mental health issues. Information on the wars' signature wounds: Posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Pennsylvania Nurse, 65(3), 4-11; quiz 12-13.
The authors discuss the importance of integrating military mental health and other service-related health issues into nursing curricula and encourage nurse educators to use Veterans Administration and veterans-related health care facilities for clinical nursing courses.

Anthony, M., Carter, J., Freundl, M., Nelson, V., & Wadlington, L. (2012).Using simulation to teach veteran-centered care. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 8(4), e145-e150.
This article provides information about the health care needs of veterans through dissemination of a simulation scenario that can be used to educate nursing students to improve the quality of care for veterans. A high-fidelity clinical simulation scenario is presented with a discussion of unique needs of veteran patients and how use of simulation can improve care.

Wynn, S. D. (2011). Improving the quality of care of veterans with diabetes. A simulation intervention for psychiatric nurses. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 49(2), 38-43. doi:10.3928/02793695-20110111-01
The primary objective of this study was to provide and evaluate strategies beneficial in preparing psychiatric nurses to exercise clinical judgment needed for adequate assessment and care of veterans with diabetes.

Wynn, S. T., & Sherrod, R. A. (2010). Providing optimal care for veterans. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 48(1), 4-6.
This editorial discusses the multifaceted health care needs of veterans returning home from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and the need to refocus nursing care at VHA facilities to engage in human patient simulation to teach veteran-centered care.