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National League for Nursing Honors America’s Men & Women in Uniform on Veteran’s Day

National League for Nursing Honors America’s Men & Women in Uniform on Veteran’s Day
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National League for Nursing Honors America’s Men &
Women in Uniform on Veteran’s Day

NLN’s ACE.V Addresses Unique Health Care Challenges of Veterans with Superb Teaching Resources for Nurse Educators

Nursing Education Perspectives Nov.-Dec. Edition Spotlights Military Veterans on Campus: Making the Transition from Combat to Careers in Nursing & Nursing Education
Washington, DC — On a day dedicated to honoring the veterans of the nation’s armed forces, the National League for Nursing highlights Advancing Care Excellence for Veterans (ACE.V) to remind everyone of the importance of taking care of those who put themselves in harm’s way on behalf of the United States. ACE.V unfolding cases were just revised in early 2019 to reflect current standards of care and were written by nurse educators who are veterans themselves or who work with veterans and military families.

Additionally, the League’s respected peer-reviewed scholarly journal, Nursing Education Perspectives (NEP), includes in its November-December edition four articles devoted to the recent trend of veterans opting for careers in nursing and nursing education. Online now, the issue features:
  • “Veterans as Students in Higher Education: A Scoping Review,” to determine characteristics of veterans as students
  • “Understanding the Experiences of Nursing Student Veterans,” interviews with nine veteran nursing students and recommendations for how nursing schools may best support this special student cohort
  • “Discovering a New Purpose: Veterans’ Transition to Nursing Education,” a Research Brief describing the process of transition to academia with a recommendation that faculty learn about military culture to facilitate student success
  • “Providing Veterans with Innovative Nursing Educational Opportunities,” an Innovation Center report of a funded project that assisted veterans to earn a BSN by aligning skills learned through their military training and experience with concepts and skills valued by professional nursing and taught to nursing students
“Veterans are America’s heroes, and as a community, nurse educators understand that nurses are often the frontline providers — the first person who veterans and their family see when they walk through the door of a hospital or community clinic. Having nurses well-prepared to offer specialized care is essential,” said NLN President Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF,  FAONL, FAAN, professor and dean emerita at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and president of The Wise Group. “On Veteran’s Day, of all days, we salute our veterans with a promise to ensure that the next generation of nurses will be ready to provide outstanding, culturally-sensitive, inclusive care to meet their distinctive needs.”

In ACE.V’s three unfolding cases, revised in early 2019 to reflect current standards of care, nurse educators meet Butch Sampson, 68, a homeless vet exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam; Jenny Brown, 29, and Randy Adams, 32, who both saw combat in Iraq; and Eugene Shaw, 87, a former Marine who served in Korea. Their unfolding cases spotlight what have been identified as among the most pressing health care issues facing military men and women and their families: the sometimes invisible but chronic effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); traumatic brain injury (TBI); and a host of related physical, mental health, and social ills associated with combat.

“Because so many veterans seek treatment outside of the Veterans Administration system, opting instead for a local health care facility, what better way to prepare our students to care for this vulnerable segment of the population than to expose them to the innovative ACE.V curriculum?” said NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN. “This comprehensive faculty development resource, with its unfolding cases, simulation scenarios, and teaching strategies, harnesses the power of storytelling and marshals the latest technology to provide evidence-based, state-of-the-art instruction. And best of all, these resources are available to download free of charge on the National League for Nursing website.”  

ACE.V cases include: 
  • First-person monologues that introduce an individual or couple and the complex problems to be addressed.
  • Simulation scenarios designed to help students practice assessment and intervention, with links to appropriate evidence-based assessment tools, including those from the Veteran's Administration, Centers for Disease Control and others. Suggestions for debriefing are included.
  • An innovative final assignment that asks students to finish the story.
  • An instructor toolkit with suggestions for how to use the various components of the unfolding cases and incorporate them into the curriculum.
ACE.V was initially developed in 2013 with generous funding from Laerdal Medical Corps in response to a call from First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden through their Joining Forces initiative, focused on the unique health care needs of soldiers returning from deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan. For complete information about ACE.V, including all downloadable free resources and the entire ACE program, advancing care excellence for vulnerable populations, click here.
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