Delivering resilience training to pre-registration student nurses in partnership with a reservist military organisation: A qualitative study

Jo Corlett (Lead / Corresponding author), Tom McConnachie (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Nurses need resilience to safeguard their well-being. In collaboration with a military reservist organisation the Team Series was designed to foster resilience by promoting teamwork and leadership skills in student nurses.

OBJECTIVES: To explore participants' experiences of engaging with the Team Series and the skills and knowledge acquired.

DESIGN: A qualitative design.

SETTING: A Scottish University.

PARTICIPANTS: Fourteen 3rd year pre-registration nursing students, ten academic staff and ten reservists.

METHODS: Audio-taped focus groups and interviews thematically analysed.

RESULTS: Students conceptualised resilience as clinical competence, valuing an active learning process enabling them to practice clinical and interpersonal skills, utilising a range of communication, team-building, leadership and problem-solving skills. Participation in the Team Series fostered self-awareness and self-confidence, the foundations of resilience, helping students feel more competent in coping effectively in stressful situations.

CONCLUSION: The positive impact of collaborating with a military organisation experienced in developing team-working and leadership skills is demonstrated. Learning experiences designed to promote physical and emotional resilience should be threaded throughout curricula to ensure these attributes are developed and sustained over time.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104730
Number of pages6
JournalNurse Education Today
Volume97
Early online date17 Dec 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Dec 2020

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