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July 2013 - Volume 113 - Issue 7
pp: 7-72

Enhancing Veteran-centered care: A Guide for Nurses in Non-VA Settings

Johnson, Barbara S.; Boudiab, Lina D.; Freundl, Margaret; More

AJN, American Journal of Nursing. 113(7):24-39, July 2013.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:01
AJN The American Journal of Nursing July 2013, Volume 113, Issue 7;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and clinical managing editor Karen Roush present the highlights of the July issue of the American Journal of Nursing. In recognition of the recent lifting of the ban on women in combat, a female soldier appears on our cover this month, on a patrol in Southern Afghanistan. Our first CE describes important factors for nurses to consider when treating veterans in non-VA settings. The second CE is on irritable bowel syndrome and reviews current approaches to treatment and implications for nurses. Our Ethical Issues column describes caring for patients while respecting their choices, no matter how unhealthy. Cultivating Quality features a QI project that decreased hospital readmissions, and AJN Reports explains how women’s longevity and health needs lead to higher insurance costs. And of course there’s Viewpoint, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, Reflections, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 21:00
It’s estimated that only 25% of veterans access care through the VA Health Care System, so it’s highly likely that nurses in all settings will find themselves at some point providing care to veterans. Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with this author about the unique health issues of recent veterans and what nurses should know and think about when they are assessing them.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 19:13
Nurses often encounter patients who, despite best efforts by both the nurse and the patient, are unable to follow the treatment plan and may even pursue hurtful behaviors, like a patient with COPD who continues to smoke. Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with the author, who is also AJN’s contributing editor for ethics, about this issue, how it can interfere with the nurse-patient relationship, and approaches nurses can take when patients do self-defeating behavior.