Take Part in Research

Nurses may participate in research in two different ways. You may conduct a research study, and ask members of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) to participate. You may also take part in another nurse’s research study.

AMSN promotes Research Studies that we believe will benefit our members and medical-surgical nursing. If an invitation to participate in a research study is on the AMSN Website or emailed to you by AMSN, it has already been carefully examined and approved by the AMSN Research Coordinator.

Listed below are current research studies you may want to participate in, and/or are presented here for your information.

Survey of Frontline RNs

Greetings Medical-Surgical Nurses!

My name is Dr. Terry Jones and I would like to invite you to participate in a nursing research study funded by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) entitled Leadership Practices and Developmental Needs of Frontline Medical-Surgical Nurses.

As you may know, the Future of Nursing Report published by the Institute of Medicine calls for all nurses to develop and practice leadership skills. Despite this national call to action, surprisingly little is known about the actual leadership practices and competencies of medical-surgical nurses. Similarly, little is known about how practicing medical-surgical nurses describe their needs related to the development of leadership skills.

Without this knowledge, it is difficult to develop effective educational programs to support leadership development among medical-surgical nurses.

Read more about it- and then take the survey

Charge Nurses Wanted!

Tell us how you make Nurse-Patient Assignments.

Adequate staffing is important for patient safety and nurse satisfaction, and assigning a specific nurse to care for each patient is the final step in the staffing process. However, there is little known about this important task. This research will add to the understanding of decision making during the nurse-patient assignment process.

Are you currently responsible for making nurse-patient assignments at least once per week on an inpatient unit that cares for medical and/or surgical patients? If so, your help is needed!  

Participation requires completion of a short, one-time survey that will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

Your response will enhance future efforts to develop decision aids, and you will be eligible to win a $100 Amazon gift card!

This research has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Minnesota. Please direct any questions or comments to Elizabeth Meyers, RN, MS, PhD Candidate, at drav0008@umn.edu.

Read more about- and take the survey

Seeking Staff Nurses for Research Opportunity!

You are invited to participate in a research study. There is currently little information about clinical nurses’ experience of managerial coaching, their perception of role clarity, and their knowledge of QSEN quality and safety competencies. This study seeks to investigate these topics and the relationships between them.

This study has been approved by the University of Texas at Austin IRB. Nurses who work as bedside clinical nurses in medical-surgical areas are invited to participate. Participation requires completion of a one-time, short survey that will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. If you have questions regarding this research, please contact Karen Percell-deShong at Karen.Percell-deShong@utexas.edu.

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Survey on Family Presence During Resuscitation

Dr. Kelly Powers of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites you to participate in a research study to examine differences in perception, self-confidence, and implementation of family presence during resuscitation according to medical-surgical nurses’ professional and demographic factors.

Additional study aims are to collect information about barriers to family presence during resuscitation, and the educational needs and preferences of medical-surgical nurses. This study has been approved by the IRB at UNC Charlotte. Registered Nurses who work in medical-surgical patient care areas are invited to participate.

Participation requires completion of 4 surveys which is estimated to take about 20 minutes of time. Following completion of the surveys, participants have the opportunity to enter their email address for a chance to win one of twenty $25 gift cards.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Powers at kpower15@uncc.edu.

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Futile Care

Futile care has been studied in the intensive care setting but little is known about futile care in medical-surgical units of acute care facilities. What does futile care mean to you and what have your experiences been?

I am seeking the opinions of medical-surgical nurses caring for patients in acute care settings regarding futile care. Findings from this study will provide information to potentially improve futile care situations for medical surgical patients in acute care settings.

Participants completing the survey(s) will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card.

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Self-Efficacy In Nurses Caring For Patients Using An Insulin Pump In The Inpatient Setting

My name is Heather Palmer, and I am a PhD Nursing student at the Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. I am conducting a study through which I hope to measure the perceived confidence level of nurses caring for patients using an insulin pump during an acute care hospitalization.

In this study I ask nurses who work in an acute inpatient hospital setting to fill out a demographic data sheet and complete a self-efficacy survey.

If there are any questions about the survey, you may contact Heather M. Palmer, hjohn555@mail.endicott.edu.

Read more about- and take the survey