Characteristics and Values of a British Military Nurse. International Implications of War Zone Qualitative Research

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/613219
Title:
Characteristics and Values of a British Military Nurse. International Implications of War Zone Qualitative Research
Authors:
Finnegan, Alan; Finnegan, Sara; McKenna, Hugh; McGhee, Stephen; Ricketts, Lynda; McCourt, Kath; Warren, Jeremy J.; Thomas, Mike
Abstract:
Background. Between 2001 and 2014, British military nurses served in Afghanistan caring for both Service personnel and local nationals of all ages. However, there have been few research studies assessing the effectiveness of the military nurses’ operational role and no papers naming the core values and characteristics. This paper is the only qualitative nursing study completed in this period where data was collected in the War Zone. Objective. To explore the characteristics and values that are intrinsic to military nurses in undertaking their operational role. Design. A Constructivist Grounded Theory was utilised. The first author designed the interview schedule, then following a pilot study, conducted and transcribed the discussions. Informed consent and UK Ministry of Defence Research Ethical Committee approval was obtained. Setting. Camp Bastion Hospital, Afghanistan, in 2013. Method. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 18 British Armed Forces nurses. Results. A theoretical model was developed that identifies the intrinsic characteristics and values required to be a military nurse. Nursing care delivered within the operational environment was perceived as outstanding. Nurses consciously detached themselves from any legal processes and treated each casualty as a vulnerable patient, resulting in care, compassion and dignity being provided for all patients, irrespective of their background, beliefs or affiliations. Conclusion. The study findings provides military nurses with a framework for a realistic personal development plan that will allow them to build upon their strengths as well as to identify and ameliorate potential areas of weakness. Placing nurses first, with a model that focusses on the requirements of a good nurse has the potential to lead to better patient care, and improve the quality of the tour for defence nurses. These findings have international implications and have the potential for transferability to any level of military or civilian nursing practice.
Affiliation:
University of Chester; Heath Lane Medical Practice; University of Ulster; University of South Florida; British Army; University of Northumbria; University of Chester; UCLan
Citation:
Finnegan, A., Finnegan, S., McKenna, H., McGhee, S., Ricketts, L., McCourt, K., Warren, J., & Thomas, M. (2016). Characteristics and values of a British military nurse: International implications of war zone qualitative research. Nurse Education Today, 36, 86-95.
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Nurse Education Today
Publication Date:
Jan-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/613219
DOI:
10.1016/j.nedt.2015.07.030
Additional Links:
http://www.nurseeducationtoday.com/article/S0260-6917(15)00300-7/abstract
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0260-6917
EISSN:
1532-2793
Sponsors:
Nil
Appears in Collections:
Health and Social Care

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dc.contributor.authorFinnegan, Alanen
dc.contributor.authorFinnegan, Saraen
dc.contributor.authorMcKenna, Hughen
dc.contributor.authorMcGhee, Stephenen
dc.contributor.authorRicketts, Lyndaen
dc.contributor.authorMcCourt, Kathen
dc.contributor.authorWarren, Jeremy J.en
dc.contributor.authorThomas, Mikeen
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-15T14:45:39Zen
dc.date.available2016-06-15T14:45:39Zen
dc.date.issued2016-01en
dc.identifier.citationFinnegan, A., Finnegan, S., McKenna, H., McGhee, S., Ricketts, L., McCourt, K., Warren, J., & Thomas, M. (2016). Characteristics and values of a British military nurse: International implications of war zone qualitative research. Nurse Education Today, 36, 86-95.en
dc.identifier.issn0260-6917en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.nedt.2015.07.030en
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dc.description.abstractBackground. Between 2001 and 2014, British military nurses served in Afghanistan caring for both Service personnel and local nationals of all ages. However, there have been few research studies assessing the effectiveness of the military nurses’ operational role and no papers naming the core values and characteristics. This paper is the only qualitative nursing study completed in this period where data was collected in the War Zone. Objective. To explore the characteristics and values that are intrinsic to military nurses in undertaking their operational role. Design. A Constructivist Grounded Theory was utilised. The first author designed the interview schedule, then following a pilot study, conducted and transcribed the discussions. Informed consent and UK Ministry of Defence Research Ethical Committee approval was obtained. Setting. Camp Bastion Hospital, Afghanistan, in 2013. Method. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 18 British Armed Forces nurses. Results. A theoretical model was developed that identifies the intrinsic characteristics and values required to be a military nurse. Nursing care delivered within the operational environment was perceived as outstanding. Nurses consciously detached themselves from any legal processes and treated each casualty as a vulnerable patient, resulting in care, compassion and dignity being provided for all patients, irrespective of their background, beliefs or affiliations. Conclusion. The study findings provides military nurses with a framework for a realistic personal development plan that will allow them to build upon their strengths as well as to identify and ameliorate potential areas of weakness. Placing nurses first, with a model that focusses on the requirements of a good nurse has the potential to lead to better patient care, and improve the quality of the tour for defence nurses. These findings have international implications and have the potential for transferability to any level of military or civilian nursing practice.en
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dc.subjectMilitary Nursingen
dc.subjectBritish Armyen
dc.subjectDefence Nursingen
dc.subjectQualitative Researchen
dc.subjectGrounded Theoryen
dc.subjectAfghanistanen
dc.subjectNursing Characteristics and Valuesen
dc.subjectCare and Compassionen
dc.titleCharacteristics and Values of a British Military Nurse. International Implications of War Zone Qualitative Researchen
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dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chester; Heath Lane Medical Practice; University of Ulster; University of South Florida; British Army; University of Northumbria; University of Chester; UCLanen
dc.identifier.journalNurse Education Todayen
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