The military emergency care education of nurses is primarily concerned with the treatment of soldiers with combat-related injuries. Even though great progress has been made in military medicine, there is still the pedagogical question of what emergency care education for military nurses should contain and how it should be taught. The aim of this study was to describe and compare experiences of training emergency care in military exercises among conscript nurses with different levels of education. A descriptive study was performed to describe and compare experiences of training emergency care in military exercises among conscript nurses with different levels of education in nursing. There were statistical differences between nurses with general nursing education and nurses with a general nursing education and supplementary education. A reasonable implication of the differences is that the curriculum must be designed differently depending on the educational background of the students. Hence, there is an interaction between background characteristics, e.g., the level of previous education and differences pertaining to clinical experience of the participants, and the impact of the exercise itself.
A mission of the Navy Nurse Corps is to deploy medical support for military forces on short notice. Navy nurses must possess a working knowledge of trauma management, but meeting this clinical experience is a challenge. Peacetime military hospitals do not routinely care for severely injured patients. This article describes how the Navy established a partnership with a Level 1 Trauma Center, the role and expectations for both Navy and civilian nurses, and an evaluation of the experience.
The integration of the RNST with Med Squadron was the main objective of Exercise Rolling Deep. This objective was achieved most effectively and clearly indicated that should we be required to attend an operational deployment the teams are now much better prepared. The opportunity to experiment with the new surgical equipment was most useful and the experience of living in second line field conditions were both interesting and eye-opening! Med Squadron made a particular effort to make the exercise taxing but enjoyable which was appreciated by us all. In conclusion, the most poignant message felt by many was how valuable the senior and more experienced members of the team are. Appreciation must be expressed to those certain few who put so much effort into making the exercise such a valuable learning experience. All-in-all however, a highly beneficial exercise to have been allowed to experience--roll on Norway!
This article describes the experiences of two obstetric nurses as they deployed to the war zone in Iraq. Each discusses her role as a medical-surgical nurse and an emergency room nurse, respectively, and how she dealt with learning to practice in these areas. Each nurse came away from the experience with newfound confidence in her abilities and an appreciation for flexibility in practice. They also describe the challenges of deployment and being away from family, and how they coped with their feelings associated with nursing in a war zone and caring for injured service members and the indigenous population.