The Federal Nursing Service Award: Individual readiness in nursing

Carol Reineck

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Individual readiness is critical for effective nursing in deployed environments. Although readiness is routinely tracked and reported, a study of its complexity among federal nurses was needed. An inductive research approach clarified the concept of individual readiness. Representing a broad range of deployment experience, focus group members developed a definition of the concept and identified six components: clinical competency; operational competency; survival skills; personal/psychosocial/physical readiness; leadership and administrative support; and group integration and identification. The findings form an overdue conceptual basis for future measurement of this important dimension of federal nursing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-255
Number of pages5
JournalMilitary medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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