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


Caring in Crisis

A research study on nursing work during the pandemic

This is a study about nursing work. We are interested in hearing from any health care worker who can shed light on the experience of nurses working in the US during the pandemic. Therefore, we are especially interested in hearing from anyone with a registered nursing license who has worked in the US at any time during the pandemic.

Research StudyThis includes RNs in a variety of roles, including advanced practice nurses and those in management positions. We are also interested in hearing from other people that work in health care who may provide an important perspective on the larger context of working in health care.

If you want to read more about the study, please see the link below to the survey.

How you can participate: If you choose to participate in this study, we will set up a time to interview you by telephone or virtually using an application such as Skype or Zoom. At the time of the scheduled interview, someone will go over the consent document with you. If you agree to participate, the interview will happen at that time.

The interview will take between 45 minutes to an hour to complete. During the interview, we will ask questions about your work experiences and their impact on your life.

Participants will be entered into a drawing for a $50 electronic gift card as an expression of our appreciation for completing the interview. Drawings will occur for every 25 people enrolled.

If you are interested in becoming a part of our study, we want to hear from you. You can share your contact information by emailing Someone will contact you to answer any questions you may have, make sure you are eligible, and to set up a time for the interview.

This study has been approved by the Vanderbilt University IRB.

Take the survey

  • Survey target(s):  To be eligible, participants must be 18 years old and have worked in healthcare in the US.
  • Survey close date:  7/26/2021
  • Researcher Name:  LaTonya Trotter, MPH, PhD
  • Researcher Facility:  Vanderbilt University



Development of an Opioid Misuse Prevention Program for Workers with High Risk for Injury

Our survey asks workers in the healthcare industry to describe their experiences with work-related pain and injury and beliefs and attitudes about prescription opioid use for pain. The data collected in this study will be used to inform the development of an intervention targeting prevention of prescription opioid use for pain among healthcare workers, who by the nature of their work, are at a high risk for injury.

How you can participate: Users will complete a brief, online survey. No personal information will be linked to their data.

Survey title:  Opioid Survey for Nurses - $10 Incentive

Survey content:  We need your help to address the nation’s ongoing prescription opioid crisis!

Our research team at The University of North Carolina Greensboro and Prevention Strategies have been awarded funding from the National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Drug Abuse to develop and pilot test an online prescription opioid misuse prevention program and need feedback from healthcare workers like you.

You are being invited to complete a brief, 10-15 minute, survey because you work in healthcare, an industry with high rates of injury and opioid prescriptions for pain. 

We are awarding a $10 Amazon gift card to the first 200 people that complete the survey. Gift cards will be delivered via email within 1-2 business days of completion.

Take the survey

  • Survey target(s):  Currently active healthcare workers (e.g., nurses), part-time or full-time
  • Survey close date:  7/30/2021
  • Researcher Name:  Stephen Hebard, PhD
  • Researcher Facility:  Prevention Strategies
  • If you have any questions specific to the study, please contact Dr. Stephen Hebard at Thank you for using your voice to support our efforts!



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

AMSN is proud to be part of 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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