Experiences of military nurses in Iraq and Afghanistan
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Experiences of military nurses in Iraq and Afghanistan

Louisa Jane Kenward Volunteer, Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), Zimbabwe
Gary Kenward Nursing officer, Army Medical Directorate, Camberley, England

Since 2001 military nurses have successfully supported military operations in deployed field hospitals in both Iraq and Afghanistan. These deployments have presented unique challenges for military nurses. This article reviews the literature on the experience of nurses during these deployments and, using a thematic analysis approach, aims to understand their experience. The results provide an insight into the lives of military nurses who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and highlight some of the coping strategies adopted by nurses in conflict situations. The discussion outlines the key themes and, using excerpts from the literature, explores the challenges and coping strategies used.

Nursing Standard. 29, 32,34-39. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.32.34.e9248

Correspondence

garykenward@hotmail.com

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 20 June 2014

Accepted: 20 January 2015