ACE.V Teaching Strategies

Veterans Teaching Strategies


These teaching strategies are designed to help nursing students become more proficient in understanding the special needs of veterans. The intent of the ACE.V teaching strategies is to highlight significant physical and emotional common health problems experienced by veterans and the nursing care management implications.

The Impact of Comorbidity of Depression and Anxiety on Outcomes of Illness Promoting a Collaborative Approach in Treating the Complex Issues of a Homeless Veteran NEW! Oral Health and Behavioral Health Disorders

In this teaching strategy the student will meet Eugene Shaw, an 82 year old former marine who served in the Korean War. This teaching strategy focuses on Eugene’s hospitalization for vascular problems related to his diabetes and subtle hints that he may have an underlying depression or anxiety. The activities are directed at evaluating and better understanding the complexities of these diagnoses compounded with his medical problems. In addition, the student will explore the general impact of stress, depression, and anxiety on outcomes when seen in concert with chronic illness.

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This teaching strategy helps students better understand the evaluation of the risks and benefits of homelessness and collaboratively optimize a client’s expectations. Through the utilization of a motivational interview approach, reflection on feelings of homelessness and assessment of underlying mental health co-morbidities, the student explores how to maintain a client’s independence and develop a plan of care for a homeless Vietnam War Veteran. Communication techniques are greatly emphasized.

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This teaching strategy will increase students’ awareness of the link between oral health and behavioral health. It will provide interventions to assist the student to help patients understand the importance of oral health to overall health and to increase oral health self-care behaviors in patients with mental health problems.

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Teaching Strategies on Veterans from Other ACE Programs

Preventing Non-Ventilator-Associated Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia (NVHAP) With Oral Care

This teaching strategy offers guidelines for faculty to prevent non-ventilator-associated hospital-acquired pneumonia (NVHAP) by integrating oral health into the care of veterans and persons with disabilities.

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