Personal and Professional Transition From Military to Civilian Nursing Practice

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/621613
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Full-text
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Text-based Document
Type:
Presentation
Level of Evidence:
N/A
Research Approach:
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Title:
Personal and Professional Transition From Military to Civilian Nursing Practice
Other Titles:
Transitioning From Military to Civilian Nurse
Author(s):
Elliott, Brenda; Chargualaf, Katie A.; Patterson, Barbara J.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Eta Beta
Author Details:
Brenda Elliott, PhD, RN, Professional Experience: served in the US Army for four years – doctoral research focused on military nursing – developed curricula for a Veterans Certificate program – publications in Veteran related topics – current research activities of nurse Veterans Author Summary: Dr Brenda Elliott served in the United State Army from 1994 – 1998. Her doctoral research focused on the military nurses’ experiences returning home from war. She has co-developed curricula for a post bachelors Veteran Healthcare Certificate program for healthcare providers which focuses on Military and Veteran culture, Healthcare needs of Veterans, Veteran Advocacy, and Veteran Healthcare Policy. She is currently working on a study involving Veterans and their transition from military to the classroom.
Abstract:

Purpose: The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the military nurse officer’s transition from nursing practice in a military setting to a civilian setting.

Methods:  Naturalistic inquiry paradigm, qualitative description was used to guide this study. The investigators interviewed 10 nurse Veterans from the United States who served a minimum of four years active duty and at least one year in a civilian clinical nursing role, after separation from active duty status. Semi-structured interviews started with an open-ended question asking participants to describe their transition from military nursing to civilian nursing practice. They were also asked to identify any challenges or facilitators to the process. Clarifying and probing questions were used to gain an understanding of the transition. Data analysis occurred simultaneously with data collection and inductive coding to identify patterns was used during data analysis. Data were collected until saturation was reached.

Results: Results suggest that nurses leaving military nursing practice and entering civilian nursing practice progress through four major phase: Separating from Military Life, Conflict and Chaos, Shifting Sands, and Personal and Professional Reconstruction. Findings also suggest that these nurses go through two transitions simultaneously. One is in their professional role and one in their personal identity, which can complicate progress through each phase. With the passage of time, nurse Veterans do undergo a transition to a new identity and professional practice, but aspects of the military culture will always remain a part of who they are. Particularly challenging to the transition was the perception that the skills and leadership experiences garnered from their military service did not translate to civilian practice and a temporary state of chaos, resulting from feelings of grief associated with a loss of the military "lifestyle," often occurs. Exit counseling, anticipatory support resources, and confiding in family or other Veterans were identified as facilitators of transition.

Conclusion: Globally, military nurses bring significant value from their military experiences to the civilian sector. However, their transition could potentially take longer due to challenges in the civilian healthcare context and differences between military and civilian cultures. Healthcare organizations need to examine strategies to help assist these nurses throughout the transition process. Having some understanding of the challenges these nurses may face, potential issues that could surface, and ways to utilize their strengths may aid in a smoother transition as well as promote personal and professional growth.

Keywords:
Veteran; Military Nurse/Nursing; Transition
Repository Posting Date:
29-Jun-2017
Date of Publication:
29-Jun-2017
Other Identifiers:
INRC17L16
Conference Date:
2017
Conference Name:
28th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Location:
Dublin, Ireland
Description:
Event Theme: Influencing Global Health Through the Advancement of Nursing Scholarship

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dc.titlePersonal and Professional Transition From Military to Civilian Nursing Practiceen_US
dc.title.alternativeTransitioning From Military to Civilian Nurseen
dc.contributor.authorElliott, Brendaen
dc.contributor.authorChargualaf, Katie A.en
dc.contributor.authorPatterson, Barbara J.en
dc.contributor.departmentEta Betaen
dc.author.detailsBrenda Elliott, PhD, RN, Professional Experience: served in the US Army for four years – doctoral research focused on military nursing – developed curricula for a Veterans Certificate program – publications in Veteran related topics – current research activities of nurse Veterans Author Summary: Dr Brenda Elliott served in the United State Army from 1994 – 1998. Her doctoral research focused on the military nurses’ experiences returning home from war. She has co-developed curricula for a post bachelors Veteran Healthcare Certificate program for healthcare providers which focuses on Military and Veteran culture, Healthcare needs of Veterans, Veteran Advocacy, and Veteran Healthcare Policy. She is currently working on a study involving Veterans and their transition from military to the classroom.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/621613-
dc.description.abstract<p><strong>Purpose: </strong><span>The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the military nurse officer’s transition from nursing practice in a military setting to a civilian setting.</span></p> <p><strong>Methods: </strong> Naturalistic inquiry paradigm, qualitative description was used to guide this study. The investigators interviewed 10 nurse Veterans from the United States who served a minimum of four years active duty and at least one year in a civilian clinical nursing role, after separation from active duty status. Semi-structured interviews started with an open-ended question asking participants to describe their transition from military nursing to civilian nursing practice. They were also asked to identify any challenges or facilitators to the process. Clarifying and probing questions were used to gain an understanding of the transition. Data analysis occurred simultaneously with data collection and inductive coding to identify patterns was used during data analysis. Data were collected until saturation was reached.</p> <p><strong>Results: </strong>Results suggest that nurses leaving military nursing practice and entering civilian nursing practice progress through four major phase: <em>Separating from Military Life, Conflict and Chaos, Shifting Sands, </em>and<em> Personal and Professional Reconstruction</em>. Findings also suggest that these nurses go through two transitions simultaneously. One is in their professional role and one in their personal identity, which can complicate progress through each phase. With the passage of time, nurse Veterans do undergo a transition to a new identity and professional practice, but aspects of the military culture will always remain a part of who they are. Particularly challenging to the transition was the perception that the skills and leadership experiences garnered from their military service did not translate to civilian practice and a temporary state of chaos, resulting from feelings of grief associated with a loss of the military "lifestyle," often occurs. Exit counseling, anticipatory support resources, and confiding in family or other Veterans were identified as facilitators of transition.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion: </strong>Globally, military nurses bring significant value from their military experiences to the civilian sector. However, their transition could potentially take longer due to challenges in the civilian healthcare context and differences between military and civilian cultures. Healthcare organizations need to examine strategies to help assist these nurses throughout the transition process. Having some understanding of the challenges these nurses may face, potential issues that could surface, and ways to utilize their strengths may aid in a smoother transition as well as promote personal and professional growth.</p>en
dc.subjectVeteranen
dc.subjectMilitary Nurse/Nursingen
dc.subjectTransitionen
dc.date.available2017-06-29T20:15:30Z-
dc.date.issued2017-06-29-
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-29T20:15:30Z-
dc.conference.date2017en
dc.conference.name28th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau Internationalen
dc.conference.locationDublin, Irelanden
dc.descriptionEvent Theme: Influencing Global Health Through the Advancement of Nursing Scholarshipen
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