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

Assessing knowledge, attitudes, and confidence in nurses to care for military veterans and their families.

As nurse educators interested in improving the health outcomes of military Veterans and their families, we are inviting you to participate in a research study “Assessing knowledge, attitudes, and confidence in nurses and nursing students in caring for military veterans and their families.” The purposes of this study are to 1). examine nurses’, nurse educators’, and nursing students’ knowledge, attitudes, and confidence caring for Veterans and 2). to explore factors that influence nurse educators’ decision to teach Veteran-specific content. The survey to medical-surgical nurses nationally so that we can better understand their perspectives about caring for Veterans and their families.

This study seeks to gather data from 3 populations: practicing nurses, nurse educators, and student nurses.

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Nurses' role in the implementation of artificial intelligence in nursing practice

To determine if there is a correlation between nurses' involvement in the selection, planning, and implementation of artificial intelligence in the clinical setting and the nurses' resultant attitude toward the technology once it is in use. If such a correlation exists, it gives motivation to the creators of the technology to seek nursing input in developing the technology that is more accepted by the end users (nurses).

If involving nurses in the processes improves their attitude toward the technology, then administration also has motivation to include nurses because it could lead to more proper usage of the technology and successful implementation means a better return on investment as well as better patient outcomes. This is a short survey and very pertinent to the coming technological wave to address the nursing shortage.

If nurses do not get involved soon, then nursing will be forced into new roles and practices without having had any input. Please help establish data to fight for nurses to pe part of defining the future of nursing in a high-tech environment with AI.

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Medical-Surgical Nurses' Perceptions of Nurse Managers' Authentic Nurse Leadership

The purpose of this DNP project is to expand current knowledge regarding Authentic Nurse Leadership by assessing medical-surgical nurses’ perceptions of their nurse managers’ authentic nurse leadership.

This study will further expand research on ANL to benefit nursing as a whole. This project will lead to improvement in nursing leadership, thereby increasing nursing satisfaction, ultimately improved nursing delivery of care leading to positive patient outcomes.

This study seeks to answer the following questions:

  1. 1. How do medical-surgical nurses perceive nurse managers’ ANL?
  2. 2. How do medical-surgical nurses perceive nurse managers’ self-awareness?
  3. How do medical-surgical nurses perceive nurse managers’ moral-ethical courage?
  4. How do medical-surgical nurses perceive nurse managers’ relational integrality?
  5. How do medical-surgical nurses perceive nurse managers’ caring?
  6. How do medical-surgical nurses perceive nurse managers’ shared decision making? .

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Perceptions of Preceptors Post Pandemic

Nursing preceptors are essential in training new nurses in developing clinical judgment and safe patient care, yet the literature has reported they often feel undervalued and unsupported in the workplace. Since the COVID pandemic, worsening staff shortages have changed the way many preceptors are chosen and utilized. The purpose of this survey is to collect perceptions of nurse preceptors on their experiences, motivations, and rewards in the workplace. This is important for understanding how to support new medical-surgical nurses on the job and to prevent nursing attrition.

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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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