VA Nursing Academy

          Video Simulations

                    VAQS

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The UAB School of Nursing and the Birmingham VA Medical Center earned the prestigious designation as 1 of 15 VA Nursing Academy sites in the U.S. in 2009. This unique program partners VA Medical Centers with accredited schools of nursing across the nation with the aim of providing compassionate, highly educated nurses to meet the health care needs of America’s heroes.  To learn more click here.

For more information contact:

Randy Moore, DNP, RN

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The UAB School of Nursing and the Birmingham VA Medical Center developed a DVD which contains three clinically relevant mental health scenarios. The nurses care for veterans experiencing depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental issues on a typical VA medical-surgical floor. The DVD is accompanied by a guide book and information necessary for obtaining 1.0 CEU. 

For more information contact:

Cindy Selleck, PhD, RN

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The Birmingham VA Medical Center is 1 of 8 VA National Quality Scholars Program (VAQS) sites in the U.S.  Pat Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN and Carlos Estrada, MD, MS serve as senior scholars for the Birmingham site. VAQS promotes leadership in quality improvement research and emphasizes interprofessional learning. The program offers fellowships to pre and post doctoral nurses.  To learn more click here.

For more information contact:

Pat Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN

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 Caring for America's Heroes

      Simulation Scenarios

             Joining Forces

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Caring for America's Heroes is a distance-accessible elective course designed to increase students understanding of long-term and high-acuity internal and external environmental variables which affect the health of and veterans within the Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA). Knowledge gained in this course can be applied to the care of VHA patients across a variety of care settings.


For more information contact:
Randy Moore, DNP, RN
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Clinical simulation scenarios have been developed to highlight the unique health care needs of Veterans. Scenarios developed and used by both the UAB School of Nursing and the Birmingham VA Medical Center include burn, gunshot wound, automobile accident, and OB simulations. The benefits of simulation training include practicing and making mistakes in a risk-free environment and identifying sources of error in care processes prior to practice.

For more information contact:
Nanci Swan, MSN, RN
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The UAB School of Nursing joined the ranks of hundreds of nursing schools and organizations dedicated to educating nursing students on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and other unique health care needs of veterans and their families.  The Joining Forces initiative was launched in April 2012 in an effort to mobilize all sectors of society to support service members and their families. For more information click here.

For more information contact:

Cindy Selleck,PhD, RN

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VA Related Presentations:

2014

Bakitas, M., (2014, April). The Accidental Researcher: Clinical Passion to Research Career (Invited Speaker) University of South Florida, Research Day/Consultation, Gainesville, FL.

Bakitas, M., (2014, April). Challenges to Mentoring in the Clinical Setting (Invited Speaker), Center for Clinical and Translational Science Professional Skills Training Program, Birmingham, AL.

Bakitas, M., (2014, April). The Accidental Researcher: How Passion for Palliative Care Became a Research Career, 11th Annual Research Scholarship Day and Malasanos Lectureship, Gainesville, FL.

Bakitas, M., (2014, March). Heart Failure and End of Life (Invited Speaker), Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Local Chapter Monthly Meeting, Birmingham, AL.

Bakitas, M., (2014, February). Implementing Concurrent Oncology Palliative Care in Centers: Current Status, Future Challenges (Invited Speaker), Cancer Control and Population Sciences, Birmingham, AL.

Bakitas, M., (2014, February). Concurrent Palliative Care: Closing the Gap Between Evidence and Practice (Invited Speaker), Cancer Care Network Oncology Ground Rounds, Birmingham, AL.

Froelich, K. & Selleck, C., (2014, June). VA Nurses: Serving Up Quality, Safety, and Value. Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs 34th Annual Meeting. Podium Presentation. New Orleans, LA.

Harper, D., Eagerton, G., & Cleveland, C. (2014, January). Academic-Practice Partnerships: Building Bridges to Care for Veterans. Webinar. American Association of Colleges of Nursing: Academic-Practice Partnerships Initiative.

Phillips, J. & Selleck, C., (2014, May). The Returning Military Veteran: Implications for the OHN. Podium Presentation. American Association of Occupational Health Nurses 2014 National Conference, Dallas, TX.

 

2013

Bakitas, M., Tosteson, T., Lyons, K., Li, Z., Hull, J., Dionne-Odom, J., Frost, J., Dragnev, K., Hegel, M.. Azuero, A., Rigas, J., Pipas, J., AhlesPodium, T. (2014, June). Immediate vs. Delayed Initiation of Concurrent Palliative Oncology Care: ENABLE III Randomized Controlled Trial Patient Outcomes. Podium Presentation. ASCO 50th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Dionne-Odom, N, Azuero, A., Lyons, K., Li,Z., Tosteson, T., Hull, J., Frost, J., Hegel, M., Akyar, I., Dragnev, K., Bakitas, M., (2014, June). Benefits of Immediate vs. Delayed Palliative Care to Informal Family Caregivers of Persons with Advanced Cancer: Outcomes from the ENABLE* III Randomized Controlled Trial J. Podium Presentation. Chicago, IL.

Bakitas, M. (2013, May). Oncology Clinician’s Perspectives on Providing Palliative Care for Patients with Advanced Cancer, VA National Research Week, Birmingham, AL.

Dionne-Odom, J., Kono, A, Beggs, V., Frost, J., Jackson, L., Ellis, D., Azuero, A., Ahmed, A., & Bakitas, M. (2013, October). Translating and Testing the ENABLE CHF PC Concurrent Palliative Care Model for Older Adults with Heart Failure and Their Family Caregivers. Poster Presentation. University of Alabama at Birmingham, Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center 2nd Annual Symposium, Birmingham, AL.

Dionne-Odom, J., Kono, A, Beggs, V., Frost, J., Jackson, L., Ellis, D., Azuero, A., Ahmed, A., & Bakitas, M. (2013, October). Translating and Testing the ENABLE CHF PC Concurrent Palliative Care Model for Older Adults with Heart Failure and Their Family Caregivers. Poster Presentation. University of Alabama at Birmingham, Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging, Birmingham, AL.

Dionne-Odom, J. & Bakitas, M. (2013, March). A Synthesis of Theoretical Models to Guide Decision Support Interventions for Surrogate Decision-Making at Adult End-of-Life. Poster Presentation. 2013 AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly, New Orleans, LA.

Froelich, K., Moore, R., Steadman, L., & Swan, N. (2013. October). Suicide Prevention: Helping America’s Heroes Live the Legacy. Poster Presentation. Joining Forces to Restore Live conference at the University of South Florida College of Nursing. Tampa, FL.

Jackson, L., Kono, A., Mason, P., Johnson, D., Sorenson, N., Dionne-Odom, J., & Bakitas, M. (2013, April). SYNERGY | ENABLE: CHF-PC, A Palliative Intervention for Heart Failure Patients and Caregivers. Poster Presentation.  New Hampshire Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Concord, NH.

Jackson, L., Kono, A., Mason, P., Johnson, D., Sorenson, N., Dionne-Odom, J., & Bakitas, M.  (2013, February). SYNERGY | ENABLE: CHF-PC, A Palliative Intervention for Heart Failure Patients and Caregivers. Poster Presentation. Dartmouth CO-OP Annual Meeting, Hanover, NH.

Miltner, R.S., Moore, R., Jukkala, A., Harrison, A., Wiggins, T., & Valentine, B. (2013, October).  A Step in the Right Direction: Incorporating Undergraduate Students into Improvement Teams. Podium Presentation. Joining Forces to Restore Live conference at the University of South Florida College of Nursing. Tampa, FL. 

Moore, R., Swan, N., Steadman, L., Froelich, K., Cross, E., & McAdams, R. (2013, October). Synergy in Veterans Health Education between RN Students and Faculty.  Poster Presentation. Joining Forces to Restore Live conference at the University of South Florida College of Nursing. Tampa, FL.

Steadman, L., Froelich, K., Moore, R., & Swan, N. (2013, October). America’s Homeless Veterans: No Place to Call Home.  Poster Presentation. Joining Forces to Restore Live Conference at the University of South Florida College of Nursing. Tampa, FL.

Steadman, L., Froelich, K., Moore, R., & Swan, N. (2013, October). Military Sexual Assault Leading to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder of our Veterans. Poster Presentation. Joining Forces to Restore Live conference at the University of South Florida College of Nursing. Tampa, FL.

Swan, N. (2013, October). Use of Simulation to Enhance Learning/ Evaluate Competencies at a VA Medical Center with Low Frequency High Acuity Patient Types Improving Care of Veterans. Poster Presentation.  Joining Forces to Restore Live conference at the University of South Florida College of Nursing. Tampa, FL.