Core competencies of emergency nurses for the armed conflict context : Experiences from the field

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Mani, Zakaria A., Kuhn, Lisa and Plummer, Virginia. (2023). Core competencies of emergency nurses for the armed conflict context : Experiences from the field. International Nursing Review. pp. 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1111/inr.12902
AuthorsMani, Zakaria A., Kuhn, Lisa and Plummer, Virginia
Abstract

Background: Armed conflicts are usually associated with high mortality and morbidity rates, with unpredictable workload, injuries and illnesses. Identifying emergency nurses’ views of the core competencies required to enable them to work effectively in hospitals in areas of armed conflict is critical. It is important to inform the requisite standards of care and facilitate the translation of knowledge into safe, quality care.

Aim: The aim of this study was to identify emergency nurses’ perceptions of core competencies necessary to work in hospitals in the context of armed conflict.

Method: A descriptive qualitative phase of a mixed-method study using semi-structured interviews with participants was conducted from June to July 2019. The COREQ guideline for reporting qualitative research was followed.

Findings: A sample of 15 participants was interviewed. The participant perceptions provided a different perspective of core competencies required for emergency nurses in the context of armed conflict, culminating in four main areas: (i) personal preparedness, (ii) leadership, (iii) communication and (iv) assessment and intervention.

Conclusion: This study identified emergency nurses’ perceptions of their core competencies. Personal preparedness, leadership, communication, assessment and intervention were identified as contributing to calmness of character, confidence in care and cultural awareness for care in this setting and were essential for them to work effectively when managing victims of armed conflict in emergency departments.

Implications for nursing practice and health policy: The findings of this study are important and novel because the researchers sought the perspectives of emergency nurses who have experience in receiving patients from armed conflict firsthand. The findings will inform policymakers in those settings regarding standard of care, education and drills for hospital nurses in optimizing armed conflict care response outcomes.

Keywordsarmed conflicts; clinical competence; compentencies; emergency nursing; hospital; nursing; warfare
Year01 Jan 2023
JournalInternational Nursing Review
Journal citationpp. 1-10
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons Ltd (UK)
ISSN1466-7657
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/inr.12902
Web address (URL)https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/inr.12902
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Online12 Nov 2023
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Accepted17 Oct 2023
Deposited12 Apr 2024
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© 2023 The Authors. International Nursing Review published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of International Council of Nurses.

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Open access publishing facilitated by Monash University, as part of the Wiley-Monash University agreement via the Council of Australian University Librarians.

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