Building clinical practice in the Palestine Red Crescent operation theatres in Lebanon: reflections from the perspective of an expatriate nurse

Authors

  • I. Tjoflåt MSc,

    Associate Professor in Nursing, Corresponding author
    1. Department of Health Studies, University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
    • Correspondence address: Ms Ingrid Tjoflåt, Department of Health Studies, University of Stavanger, 4036 Stavanger, Norway. Tel: +47-51-83-10-00; Fax: +47-51-83-41-50; E-mail: ingrid.tjoflat@uis.no.

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  • B. Karlsen PhD

    Associate Professor in Nursing
    1. Department of Health Studies, University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
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  • No conflict of interest has been declared by the authors.

Abstract

Aim

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.

Background

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.

Findings

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.

Conclusions

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.

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