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

Medical-Surgical Nurses' and Nursing Assistants' Attitudes, Beliefs, and Barriers to Care for Young Adults with Sickle Cell Disease

This study aims to understand medical-surgical nurses’ and nursing assistants’ attitudes, beliefs, perceptions, and perceived barriers to providing quality care for the young adult sickle cell disease (SCD) population to inform healthcare providers for improvement of the care they provide and obtain evidence to inform future intervention studies.

Descriptive statistics will analyze the demographic characteristics of sample and quantitative survey instrument responses. Inferential statistics will be used to assess the relationship between medical-surgical nurses’ and nursing assistants’ attitudes about young adults with SCD with their age, race/ethnicity, years of experience, and healthcare provider role.

Qualitative focus groups will be conducted to generate qualitative descriptive data for this mixed method study. The focus group interview responses will be analyzed using content analysis. The quantitative and qualitative data strands will be analyzed by using the focus group themes to elucidate and provide meaning of the quantitative findings

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Newly Graduated Registered Nurse (RN) Perceptions of Practice: A Mixed-Methods Study

This study will give the profession of nursing the opportunity to better understand the experience of the newly graduated medical-surgical RN who has worked in hospital-based nursing, especially as it pertains to what they wished they had known before they began in their professional role. Exploring the experiences of self-identified gaps in knowledge will help us engage in conversation about how we may work to better prepare newly graduated RNs for professional practice in the hospital setting.

RNs graduate from intense programs that require academic rigor and include nursing knowledge, skills, and attitudes, as well as history and theory. Despite countless transitional tools, such as nurse residency programs, mentorship and simulation-based learning, newly graduated RNs struggle in the transition from the classroom into hospital-based employment and continue to leave this setting frustrated and defeated.

Though wildly acknowledged, the academic-professional practice gap has not yet been truly defined and newly graduated RN’s continue to leave hospital-based employment settings faster than they can be replaced. The existing problem has been further exacerbated by the COVID19 pandemic, as well as the resulting increase in baby boomer RN retirements and travel nursing.

This convergent mixed-methods design study will be offered to newly graduated RNs through the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the state of CT RN database with a goal of 175 participants.

Each will complete the Casey-Fink Graduate Nurse Experience Survey and answer an open-ended question sharing what they wished they had known before entering professional practice.

Desired Participants:

  • Newly Graduated Medical-Surgical RN’s
  • Graduated from RN nursing program in the United States within the last 2 years
  • Passed the NCLEX exam within the last 2 years
  • An RN who works as a Medical Surgical RN in a hospital in the United States for up to 2 years
  • Be willing to complete the Casey-Fink Graduate Nurse Experience Survey and answer the qualitative question
  • Access to a computer/electronic device in to complete the study

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Exploring the Experiences of Staff Nurses Serving on Nurse Staffing Committees

The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study is to explore the experiences of staff nurses who serve on nurse staffing committees in acute care and/or critical access hospitals within states that have had nurse staffing committee legislation in place for at least three years.

I am seeking to understand how committees operate, nurses’ perceptions of their roles within the committee and their perceived value of the committee. I am seeking Zoom-based interviews with Registered nurses (RNs) or Licensed Vocational/Practical Nurses (LVNS/LPNs) working as staff/direct-care nurses who currently serve, or have served within the past two years, on nurse staffing committees in acute care and/or critical access hospitals within one of the following states: Connecticut, Ohio, Illinois, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, or Texas

The link below will take you to a screening questionnaire where you can join the study by providing an email address. Eligible participants will be emailed to schedule a private, confidential Zoom interview at their convenience.

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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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