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Experience from the Field
Building clinical practice in the Palestine Red Crescent operation theatres in Lebanon: reflections from the perspective of an expatriate nurse
Article first published online: 15 AUG 2013
© 2013 International Council of Nurses
International Nursing Review
Volume 60, Issue 4, pages 545–549, December 2013
How to Cite
Tjoflåt, I. and Karlsen, B. (2013), Building clinical practice in the Palestine Red Crescent operation theatres in Lebanon: reflections from the perspective of an expatriate nurse. International Nursing Review, 60: 545–549. doi: 10.1111/inr.12054
- Issue published online: 20 NOV 2013
- Article first published online: 15 AUG 2013
- Building Clinical Practice;
- Humanitarian Mission;
- International Committee of the Red Cross;
This paper, based on the experience of the first author as an expatriate nurse, aims to describe and discuss some aspects of collaboration that contributed to the building of clinical practice when implementing an operating theatre programme in the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) hospitals in Lebanon.
The operation theatre programme lasted for 8 months: 6 months in 2008 and 2 months in 2009. The programme was part of the partnership project ‘Quality of care in the five PRCS hospitals in Lebanon’ between the International Committee of the Red Cross and the PRCS Lebanon (PRCS-L) branch.
The essential aspects that may have contributed to the building of clinical practice in the operation theatre programme included the expatriate nurse and the Palestine Red Crescent operating theatre nurses working together over time as colleagues, the socio-cultural pedagogic perspective selected for the implementation and the collaboration with the management of the hospitals and counterparts in the PRCS-L branch. One should also note the human and structural issues that seemed to influence the implementation of the programme in a more negative way.
This experience may provide insight for other nurses into the importance of working as colleagues, selecting an appropriate pedagogic perspective and establishing productive collaboration with all partners when building clinical practice during a humanitarian mission.