Educating nurses to care for Military Veterans in civilian hospitals: an integrative literature review

Cooper, L. and Andrew, S. and Fossey, M. (2016) Educating nurses to care for Military Veterans in civilian hospitals: an integrative literature review. Nurse Education Today. (Draft)

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2016.05.022

Abstract

Background In the UK, military veterans will receive care by civilian nurses in civilian hospitals. We propose that the nurses providing this care require an understanding of the unique experiences and specific health needs of veterans to deliver evidence-based care. Aim To conduct an integrative review of published literature to explore how nursing programmes prepare nurses to care for the military veteran population in civilian hospitals. Review methods A systematic search was undertaken of a range of electronic databases, Google Scholar and hand searching of Military and Veteran health journals. Papers that focused on education of civilian nurses about veteran health and included primary research or description of practice-based innovations were included in the review. Results The search generated ten papers that were focused on nurse education in higher education institutions. Several papers focused on simulation as a teaching method for veteran-specific health issues or curriculum developments with educational innovations such as online courses. Six papers focusing in continuing professional education of nurses in the clinical setting were included as supplementary information. All papers reviewed were US focused and dated between January 2011 and September 2015. Our search concluded that there is a gap in knowledge in this subject area within a UK context, therefore our review includes UK background information to support the US findings. Conclusion Civilian nurses need educational preparation to understand the specific needs of veterans. Educational institutions in the US have responded to nationwide initiatives to undertake that preparation. More empirical studies need to be undertaken to develop, test and evaluate educational innovations for preparing students and nurses delivering care to military veteran in civilian healthcare settings.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Education, Nurse, Civilian, Veterans, Military, Healthcare
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (for research post September 2011)
Depositing User: Mr I Walker
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2016 14:42
Last Modified: 28 May 2017 01:02
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/605897

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