Gerontological Education Toolkit
Advancing Care Excellence for Veterans (ACE/V)
How to use the NLN Unfolding Cases to Advance Care Excellence for Veterans
All of the cases were written by nurse educators who are either veterans themselves or are currently
working with veterans. They urge you to make the following points during your discussions with your students.
The cases were written so that they can be modified to meet the needs of diverse curricula. Since preparation is key to a successful simulation experience, faculty should plan to read through each unfolding case before using it.
- Not all veterans experienced combat operations and among those who did, only a segment will have experienced an injury or have health concerns related to their service. The veteran culture is a tight-knit one and typically veterans will not discuss their experiences readily with non-veterans or with those they do not trust.
- Not all veterans are eligible for health care through the Veterans Administration (VA).
However, veterans who did serve on active duty in a theatre of combat operations after November 11, 1998,
are eligible for five years of "enhanced" VA health care. The five year time period begins upon discharge from military service. VA eligibility is a complex issue that veterans should discuss with designated individuals at a VA facility.
Students will be more successful in the simulation scenarios if they review the introductory monologues and the recommended resources and tools prior to the simulation.
We have included best practices but realize that treatments vary by region. Faculty may wish to include medications, treatments, and standards of care that are current practice in their own geographic areas.
- No intentional errors were included in these cases, such as incorrect treatments or medication doses.
- Faculty may wish to increase or decrease the complexity of the scenario depending on the level of students who are participating. Faculty may also wish to modify them to provide an interprofessional educational experience for students. When redesigning for this purpose we urge you to include the other health care professional(s) in the redesign process to insure that the simulation reflects their scope of practice accurately.
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