Educating nurses to deliver optimum care to military veterans and their families
AffiliationUniversity of Miami; University of Chester
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AbstractThe aim of the project was to help prepare the future nursing workforce to provide optimum care for the Armed Forces Community. Structured evidenced-based educational sessions were designed and then delivered at two Universities in England. This educational model included a flipped approach, didactic classroom teaching, blended learning, and information technology. Educational sessions were provided to 468 first year Bachelor of Nursing undergraduate students in 2017 and 2018. A mixed methods evaluation included a quasi-experiential design with pre and post-test data followed by research interviews conducted by student nurses and analysed using a modified Grounded Theory. Post session evaluation demonstrated a significant improvement in students' knowledge. 93% agreed that the training was useful, 95% felt that nurses should be aware of the healthcare needs of the Armed Forces Community, and 89% indicated that the subject matter should be included in the undergraduate curriculum. A qualitative theoretical model was built from four major clusters: the military community; student's identity, clinical engagement, and future practice. These educational sessions are being introduced into a growing number of United Kingdom Universities to create future nursing leaders with a better insight into the large and diverse Armed Forces Community.
CitationFinnegan, A. P., Di Lemma, L., Moorhouse, I., Lambe, R. E., Soutter, E. M., Templeman, J., ... & McGhee, S. (2020). Educating nurses to deliver optimum care to military veterans and their families. Nurse Education in Practice, 42, 102654.
JournalNurse Education in Practice
Series/Report no.Military Nursing / Defence Nursing
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