Joining Forces is First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive national initiative, to mobilize all sectors of the community to give our service members, veterans, and their families the support they deserve, particularly when it comes to employment, education, and wellness. www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces
The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), experts in veterans care, have partnered with the American Nurses Association (ANA) to facilitate and coordinate a collective voice of the nursing profession in full support of Joining Forces. The Office of Nursing Services has begun efforts to help ensure this partnership is successful. All nursing sectors are encouraged to get involved and be engaged.
In summer 2012, AACN joined with the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) in an effort to enhance the resources of nurses working with veterans as part of the Joining Forces initiative, with a particular focus on nursing education. To that end, this Enhancing Veterans’ Care (EVC) Tool Kit was developed. It describes resources and exemplars that can assist faculty with the implementation of curriculum elements that will appropriately address the unique needs of the veterans and their families. The task force included a wide range of representatives of the Veterans Administration, the US Military, and professional nursing education in developing the Tool Kit.
Group photo from Joining Forces nurses event at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa., April 11, 2012
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