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.