Preparing British Military nurses to deliver nursing care on deployment. An Afghanistan study

Finnegan, Alan, Finnegan, Sara, Bates, David, Ritsperis, Debra, McCourt, Kath and Thomas, Mike (2015) Preparing British Military nurses to deliver nursing care on deployment. An Afghanistan study. Nurse Education Today, 35 (1). pp. 104-112. ISSN 0260-6917

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Abstract

Educational preparation consists of completing deployable operational nursing competencies, specialist training and individual tailored courses. This strategy was viewed as proving the appropriate academic requirement. However, training would be enhanced by introducing a formalised military preceptorship programme focussing on fundamental nursing skills. Caring for children was a particular concern, and it was emphasised that educational courses must be combined with a standardised clinical placement policy.

Adequate clinical exposure can be challenging as nurses are not routinely exposed to War Zone levels of trauma in the UK. Clinical placements need to be standardised and harmonised, and located in areas where nurses cared for patients with similar injury patterns to those witnessed on deployment. Current NHS Trust placements can reduce the opportunities for employment in suitable clinical environments and diminishing the openings for collective military training. Better use should be made of clinical rotation programmes, including high dependency units, elective surgery, medical assessment units, paediatrics, and outreach teams such as burns and plastic surgery and pain management. Practice Educators should be utilised to provide education, mentorship, supervision and continuing personal development in the operational arena. The paper considers post-Afghanistan future options.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Afghanistan; British Army; clinical placements; defence; deployment; educational preparation; military
Subjects: B700 Nursing
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: Nicola King
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2014 12:57
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2015 10:19
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/17504

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