MSU nursing students simulate how to care for veterans

BOZEMAN – Education Through Simulation, Montana State University’s Mark and Robyn Jones College of Nursing continues its work to better serve veteran patients that nursing students will soon be caring for.

Associate Professor Dr. Angela Jukkala and her fellow collaborators have created a space for students to “play a role” in healthcare, make mistakes, learn and grow.

“It’s this element of military culture, how it can and will impact healthcare,” Jukkala said.

Angela Jukkala

Brooke Richins, a nursing student at MSU, describes the simulation.

“We walked into a room… and the military aspect was completely different to me. The script was a military veteran, she had a service dog with her, but the dog was not there. I think she had alcohol on board, couldn’t wait to leave and arrived with chest pains, ”said Richins. “I have seen patients with service dogs, but not at this point. I could see times when the dog was looking at me one way, but the patient was telling me otherwise.

Participating students were able to apply what they learned and learn to navigate difficult topics, such as suicide.

“Veterans suicide, there is such a small window. When a veteran disassociates, there is such a small window to help them, ”said Brooke Corry, a veteran.

Corry worked with Jukkala and the students on ways to ask questions and talk to veterans about healthcare.

“It should bridge the gap,” Corry said.

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