Global Health Engagement missions performed by the U.S. Military are conducted to improve the well-being of populations worldwide. From 2015 to 2017 Monique Bouvier PhD, RN, C-PNP worked with a multidisciplinary team interviewing U.S. Navy health care personnel about their experiences on global health engagement missions.

Essential Lessons for Military Healthcare Personnel

Monique Bouvier, PhD, RN, C-PNP is a research nurse scientist who works in the Office of Research Patient Care Services (ORPCS) at Stanford Health Care (SHC). Previously Monique was as a research nurse for the United States Navy where she worked on many different research studies. One project was a multisite qualitative research study titled, Global Health Engagement (GHE) Missions: Lessons Learned Aboard US Naval Ships. Monique was a member of a team that interviewed over 140 military health care personnel who were part of the shipboard GHE mission. Their overall aim was to capture experiential learning during global health engagement missions and provide narratives of GHE missions.

Monique and the multidisciplinary team analyzed the interviews using an interpretive ethnographic approach. They were able to take the information from the interviews and summarize essential lessons that military healthcare personnel need for GHE missions. Five essential elements to prepare military healthcare personnel for missions were identified: mission clarity, preparedness, experiential knowledge, lessons learned, and flexibility/adaptability. This information was recently published in the November/December 2019 issue of the journal Military MedicineClick here to read published article.


Heather C King, NC, USN, PhD, CRNA, Monique Bouvier, PhD PNP, Natalie Todd, BA, Coleman J Bryan, Jr., MC, USN, Gregg Montalto, MC, USN, Christine Johnson, MC, USN, Robert Hawkins, NC, USN, PhD, DNP, MBA, Lisa A Braun, NC, USN PhD, MBA, JD, FNP-BC, FAANP, John Malone, MC, USN, MPH, Patricia Watts Kelley, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, Shipboard Global Health Engagement Missions: Essential Lessons for Military Healthcare Personnel, Military Medicine, Volume 184, Issue 11-12, November-December 2019, Pages e758–e764,

Article By: Monique Bouvier PhD RN

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