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Researchers Greatly Appreciate Your Participation And Your Invaluable Insight on These Worthwhile Projects.

AMSN promotes Research Studies that we believe will benefit our members and medical-surgical nursing.

The Cost of Wayfinding Issues in US Hospitals

Wayfinding is the process of finding your way in a building. The main purpose of this study is to estimate the direct and indirect costs of wayfinding issues in US hospitals. Participants will be asked to complete an online survey.

We are looking for hospital staff (physicians, nurses, supportive and administrative staff, etc.) who 1) work (or have worked) in a hospital, (2) work (or have worked) in the US, are at least 18 years of age, and (4) are fluent in reading and writing in English.

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Understanding the Meaning of 'Missed Nursing Care' Among RN Staff Nurses in an Acute Hospital Setting: An Interpretive Phenomenological Approach to a Lived Experience.

PURPOSE: Despite the extensive literature on the type, amount, causes, and consequences of missed nursing care (MNC), little is known about the deeper impacts of MNC on staff nurses. The aim of this nursing research study is to explore the meaning of the lived experience of MNC among medical-surgical RNs to gain a better understanding of the depth of the adverse impact this phenomenon has on staff nurses. Missed nursing care includes any required nursing care that is delayed or omitted. This is a qualitative study, aiming to give a voice to nurses who experience this during their shift.

STUDY INFORMATION: Missed or delayed nursing care is a known issue within the nursing profession-- especially in the medical-surgical setting. What isn’t fully understood is how this phenomenon impacts nurses. Participation includes a 60-75 minute online recorded interview via the Zoom platform with one nurse researcher. This IRB approved study is being conducted by a PhD in nursing Candidate at the Catholic University of America, under the guidance of her dissertation committee (Protocol No. 22-004). All information collected will remain confidential and participation may be withdrawn at any time. Interviews will occur at a time of the participants choosing that isn’t during their work shifts or breaks.


  • Nurses employed as an RN in an acute medical-surgical environment for at least of 36 hours in a two-week period.
  • Assigned to direct patient care for a minimum of 50% of their work time
  • Possess at least two years of experience in the RN role

COMPENSATION: There is no compensation for participating in this study. A $10 Amazon gift card will be given to each participant as a token of appreciation upon interview completion.

HOW DO I SIGN UP? Email the principal nurse researcher, Amanda Henson, to express your interest.

AMSN Joins The George Washington University Study: Moral Injury Among Nurses

AMSN is proud to be part of a new research study at The George Washington University, called Moral Injury Among Nurses, which aims to help nurses, the healthcare industry, and the public understand and address moral injury among nurses. The study strives to illuminate the challenges facing nurses, and the importance of system-level changes to address these problems.

What is Moral Injury?

Moral injury is defined as “psychological, biological, spiritual, behavioral, and social impact of perpetrating, failing to prevent, or bearing witness to acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations" (Litz et al., 2009). It is one of the major causes of burnout, secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, and other negative effects of nursing. This concept of moral injury emphasizes system-level causes and solutions, and is distinct from the emphasis on individual resilience as a solution to the costs of caring. 

As a partner, AMSN is doing its part by collecting and sharing nurses’ stories from a variety of settings. Additionally, AMSN will use the data of medical-surgical nurses' experiences of moral injury to further develop resources and education for med-surg nurses and will use these findings to amplify the system level issues you face and to advocate on your behalf.

Through the narratives of moral injury that individual nurses have experienced, the project will identify major constraints on nurses that are weakening the social conscience of the profession. 

Nurses have the option of submitting written commentaries, audio or video recordings, or requesting that we contact them for a recorded interview. All stories will be anonymous, unless requested otherwise.  If you are interested in participating,  please submit your personal story here:

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