Factors That Influence Chronic Illness
This Competency Assessment assesses the following outcome(s):
NU416-3: Investigate the factors that influence patients with co-morbid chronic illnesses across the lifespan
and across transitions of care and health.
GEL-1.03: Demonstrate college-level communication through the oral delivery of original materials in Standard
Approximately one third of all veterans returning from service in the Middle East have received a mental health
diagnosis (Ganzer, 2016). The most common diagnoses differ between male and female veterans. Female
veterans are at greater risk for post-traumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma, and suicide (Ganzer,
2016) while male veterans are at greatest risk for post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and traumatic
brain injury (National Alliance for Mental Illness, 2017). The need for mental health services to our newest
veterans has never been greater.
Ganzer, C. A. (2016). Veteran women: Mental health-related consequences of military service. American
Journal of Nursing, 116(11), 32-39. doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000505583.09590.d4
National Alliance for Mental Illness. (2017). Veterans & active duty. Retrieved from https://www.nami.org/FindSupport/Veterans-and-Active-Duty
For this Assignment, you will determine the adequacy mental health services available to veterans in your
Assess the community and/or state sponsored services that are available to veterans with co-morbid chronic
mental illness. For example, what services are available to a veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress
disorder and alcohol abuse? In a 10-12 slide informative PowerPoint presentation (title slide and reference
slides are in addition to the 10-12 slide requirement), include the following:
What factors (outside of military service) influence the veterans need for mental health services? (Use
evidence to support your rationale.)
How is the veteran evaluated to determine eligibility for services?
What is the cost of these services to those veterans receiving it?
Are the available services in your community adequate for the population served? Explain your answer.
What recommendations do you have for improving the available services? (Are more services needed? Are
different services needed? How would additional funding help?)
Your presentation should establish a clear viewpoint and purpose. A minimum of three references should be
included, and placed in a reference slide at the end of your presentation.
The presentation should include speaker notes, which will assist in the audio portion below.
You will also need to add audio to your presentation. The audio should present the information, not just read
from the presentation slides. Use your speaker notes to assist with the audio narration. Please keep your audio
narration to a maximum of 20 minutes.
How to record on PowerPoint:
Prepare to record the narration. Open the presentation and Click the Slide Show tab on the menu bar. Click the
Record Slide Show button and select Start Recording From Beginning from the pull-down menu. The Record
Slide Show dialog box will open. Place a check in the Narrations And Laser Pointer check box and click Start
Recording. The Slide Show preview window will open.
Record the narration. Click the right-pointing arrow in the left corner of the preview window to begin the
narration. Record the presentation in a quiet environment and in a professional manner reflective of a
presentation given in your workplace. Pause the narration at any time by clicking the pause button on the
Recording shortcut menu, located in the upper-left corner of the screen.
Before finalizing your work, you should:
be sure to read the Assignment description carefully (as displayed above)
consult the Grading Rubric to make sure you have included everything necessary;
utilize spelling and grammar check to minimize errors; and
include a minimum of three references.
Your writing Assignment should:
follow the conventions of Standard English (correct grammar, punctuation, etc.);
be well ordered, logical, and unified, as well as original and insightful;
display superior content, organization, style, and mechanics; and
use APA 6th edition formatting and citation style as found in the Writing Center’s Citation Guides.
Minimum Submission Requirements
This Assessment should be a Microsoft PowerPoint (minimum 10-12 slides) presentation, in addition to the title
and reference slides.
Respond to the questions in a thorough manner, providing specific examples of concepts, topics, definitions,
and other elements asked for in the questions. Your presentation should be highly organized, logical, and
Your presentation must be written in Standard English and demonstrate exceptional content, organization,
style, and grammar and mechanics.
Your presentation should provide a clearly established and sustained viewpoint and purpose.
Your writing should be well ordered, logical and unified, as well as original and insightful.
A separate slide at the end of your presentation should contain a list of references, in APA format. Use your
textbook, the Library, and the internet for research.
Be sure to cite both in-text and reference list citations were appropriate and reference all sources. Your
sources and content should follow proper APA citation style. Review the APA formatting and citation style
found in the Writing Center. To access the Writing Center, select this link. (It should include a cover sheet,
paper is double spaced, in Times New Roman 12-point font, correct citations, Standard English with no spelling
or punctuation errors, and correct references at the bottom of the last page.)