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.

Evidence-based Practice Implementation Study

Dear Registered Nurse,

I am a doctoral candidate in the PhD program in the University of Texas at Tyler School of Nursing. I respectfully request your participation in a study entitled, Exploring the Relationships among Organizational Environment, Perceived Stress, Clinical Expertise, Self- Efficacy, Evidence-based Practice Beliefs and Implementation in Point of Care Nurses: Expanding the Science of Best Practice. The purpose of this study is to explore the relationships among the said variables and EBP implementation within a sample of point of care registered nurses working in civilian hospitals and clinics.

The study has been approved by the University of Texas at Tyler’s IRB (Fall 2018-56). There may be benefits to participants as they complete the survey in that they may realize what issues may be perceived as important to EBP implementation. Future benefits may include better equipping nurse researchers, educators, and clinicians to explore, teach and implement EBP to improve patient outcomes. There is no risk to you personally to participate in the study, except that some questions may bring dissonance with expected organizational or leadership expectations and the length of the survey.

The registered nurse must meet certain eligibility criteria in order to participate.  The registered nurse must:

  • Hold an associate’s degree in nursing or higher nursing degree
  • Be proficient in reading and writing in English,
  • Work in a civilian hospital or clinic,
  • Be point of care nurses (that is, provide direct patient care in which greater than 50% of the nurses’ total work time is spent at the bedside performing direct patient care).

Exclusion criteria include any job position in which less than 50% of the nurses’ total work time is spent at the bedside performing direct patient care.
If you choose to participate, you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire that is expected to take about 10 minutes of your time. The online questionnaire contains questions
about evidence-based practice. Once submitted, your information cannot be retrieved or removed, since no individually-identifiable markers will be associated with the data.  Submitting the online   questionnaire means that you are voluntarily consenting to participating in the study.

If you choose not to partake in the study, nothing will happen to you as a result of your choice. If you have any concerns about the conduct of this study, please contact Dr. Gloria Duke, Chair of the IRB, at (903) 566-7023, gduke@uttyler.edu. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about the study at apaul5@patriots.uttyler.edu or my cell phone at 210-563-3299.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Take the survey!

Amanda Canada MSN, CNOR
Principal Investigator

The Revised Casey-Fink Retention Survey

Thank you for your commitment to participate in this study exploring nurse management leadership style(s) and nurse retention. The attached survey is for research being conducted by Gwendella Robinson, a doctoral student in the Doctor of Health Sciences program at A. T. Still University.

The criteria to be included in this study are registered nurses (RNs), employed in Acute Care hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers with six months or more experience in the setting. Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), and Nursing Assistants (NAs) are excluded because the national focus is the shortage of RNs.

The study’s aim is to determine if an association exists between nurse management leadership style(s) and nurse retention; and the leadership style(s) associated with nurse retention. The survey is comprised of 69 questions that include a Likert type rating scale and open-ended questions.

I invite you to participate voluntarily in this research project. It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete the survey, but you can stop at any point. The duration of the study is six weeks and a weekly reminder will be sent to encourage participation and completion of the survey.

The survey results are anonymous, as no identifying data are collected. Completing and returning your survey implies your voluntary consent to serve as a participant in this study. You have the right to withdraw your participation without prejudice or penalty at any time. Furthermore, you have the right to skip questions you do not wish to answer.

Identifiable data will not be collected for this study, and the reported results will be in aggregate form. As common in any on-line survey, there is a slight risk of a confidentiality breach because responses could be viewed by an unauthorized third party. However, the data are safeguarded and protected with a password. There is a possibility the results of this research might be published. Any publications or research reports resulting from this research will not identify you personally.

While there is no direct benefit to you for participating in this research, the results may benefit efforts to provide viable solutions to increase retention of registered nurses.

If you have any additional questions concerning this study, my contact me at Gwendella Robinson (grobinson@atsu.edu).

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Take the survey!