media coverage tells the story of challenges facing returning members of the United States Military. High rates of suicide, more than twenty per day, horrific
traumatic injuries necessitating challenging physical and emotional healing,
and lingering post-traumatic stress disorders warranting the most advanced
methods of treatment are reported daily. As America recoils from two prolonged
oversea wars, the need for prepared healthcare providers is essential not
only for the Veterans Administration (VA), but also for civilian based
healthcare systems. The bulk of nursing education literature seems to evidence
a void regarding this segment of the population. What seems like a prime
education focus remains yet to be enacted in most nursing programs. The authors
have responded to this challenge, by creating curricula developed to increase
nursing student awareness of veterans’ unique needs, and to prepare undergraduate
nursing students to provide quality care to veterans. Through the creation of a
laboratory simulation scenario, students learned how to holistically view and
respond to the needs of a veteran client. Debriefing allowed for reviewing
the experience and discussing concerns. Outcomes measured via pre- and post- testing
survey reflected the complexity of patient care needs. Students were asked to
rate their ability to identify and prioritize appropriate nursing interventions.
Anecdotal feedback was positive in that students consistently expressed a
need to have additional simulation experiences.
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