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

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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 statusPublished - Feb 2021

    Keywords

    • Civilian-military collaboration
    • Physical and emotional resilience
    • Resilience education
    • Student nurses

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