Grants for Military Nursing Research
TSNRP has funded more than 500 research and Evidence-Based Practice grants to military nurses to lead advancements in operational and deployment health care. In addition to improving the performance of Service members, funding supports improvements in expeditionary care, military women’s and family health, biobehavorial health, resuscitative medicine, anesthesia practice, and health systems research. In 2021, $2.8 million was awarded for 15 research studies by military nurses. TSNRP-funded research is currently conducted at 32 military medical centers around the globe.
Research priorities include Force Health Protection, Nursing Competencies and Practice; Leadership, Ethics and Mentoring as well as Evidence-Based Practice in military nursing. Read about the most recent research awards below.
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Graduate Award applications will be considered on a rolling basis, pending available funding. TSNRP Mini EBP Awards applications accepted until on a rolling basis, through August 30, 2023.
Research Study Awards
TSNRP funded the following studies and evidence-based practice projects:
The Effects of Ketamine Administration on Synaptic Density following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in an Animal Model (Graduate Research)
The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of ketamine infusion following mTBI on two key outcomes: synaptic density in brain tissue and stress hormone levels in blood. This may lead to a clinically relevant means for nurses to intervene in early mTBI progression, improving patient outcomes.
CDR Martin L. Boese, USN, NC
Uniformed Services University
A Musculoskeletal Training Program for US Army Infantry Initial Entry Trainees (Graduate EBP)
The purpose of this evidence-based practice project is to implement a neuromuscular and strength training program to reduce new lower extremity musculoskeletal injuries in infantry initial trainees at Ft Benning, GA. PICOT: Among initial entry infantry trainees (P), does a musculoskeletal program, including neuromuscular re-education, plyometrics, core stabilization, and strength training (I) compared to the current training program (C), influence graduation rate, lost training time, and new acute lower body musculoskeletal injuries rates (O) during the 22 weeks of basic training (T).
CPT Richkard Saint Louis, AN, USA
197th Infantry Brigade
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Nurse Retention Among Army Nurse Corps Officers (Graduate Research)
The aims of the study are to explore how concepts within the military nurse ecosystem influence active-duty Army nurses’ intentions to stay in the military nurse profession and explore how concepts within the military nurse ecosystem related to military policy influence active-duty Army nurses’ intentions to stay in the military nurse profession.
MAJ Stephanie Kessinger
Martin Army Community Hospital
The University of Colorado Denver – Anschutz Medical Campus
Health and Strength: Randomized Controlled Trial of Spiritually Integrated Treatment for Moral Injury and Moral Distress in Military Healthcare Providers (Follow On Research)
The aim of this study is to use a crossover design trial to determine the effectiveness of the BSS intervention at reducing moral injury, moral distress, and intent to leave and increasing generalized resilience and moral resilience in participants completing a 90-minute weekly group session delivered over 6 weeks compared to waitlist control group participants in a military nursing personnel sample.
COL Angela Simmons
Air Force Research Laboratory
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
USMC Drill Instructors’ Eating and Making Weight Behaviors: A Mixed Methods Study (Novice Research)
The purpose of this study is to examine eating and making weight behaviors of United States Marine Corps (USMC) Drill Instructors (DIs) within the context of USMC culture and body composition and military appearance program (BCMAP) standards.
CAPT (S) Melissa Troncoso
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island
Development of a BioChip for Rapid Detection of Urinary Tract Infection (High Priority Research)
This project aims to develop and validate a portable point-of-care lab-on-a-chip device that can simultaneously identify 12 common urinary tract infection (UTI) pathogens in urine samples within 30 minutes. The results will be visible to naked eyes without requiring any additional reading equipment or power.
Lt Col Sarah Huffman
David Grant Air Force Medical Center
Spinal Delta and Kappa Opioid Receptor Heteromers as a Target for Pain Reduction (Novice Research)
This study investigates whether δ/κ heteromers in the spinal cord are viable targets for treating pain. The incidence of pain conditions among members of the U.S. military after combat deployment is nearly double that of the general population. While currently available opioid medications that target individual opioid receptors have considerable potential to reduce pain, they also possess dangerous side effects and abuse liability that limit their utility and benefit to the patient. Individual δ (delta) and κ (kappa)-opioid receptors can join together to form a combined receptor (heteromer) that represents a novel therapeutic target and responds differently than individual opioid receptors. When activated in peripheral nerves, this heteromer has demonstrated the potential to reduce pain in animal models without causing respiratory depression or other dangerous side effects, making it an exciting target for pain control.
LTC Jonathan Yost
University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio
Effects of Temperature Extremes on Medications in an Austere Environment (Novice Research)
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of heat and cold exposure on these agents and determine if there is a negative impact on their effectiveness. To date, no study has examined the effect of multiple freeze-thaw cycles on medications commonly used by anesthesia providers in the field.
LTC John Reed
Eisenhower Army Medical Center
Activity and Mobility Promotion (AMP) Program (EBP)
The purpose of this Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) initiative is to implement a system-level early mobility program to enhance patient recovery by increasing mobility in the acute care setting at Tripler Army Medical Center.
MAJ Wendy Hamilton
Tripler Army Medical Center
Effects of Acupuncture for Perceived Stress and Health in Military Service Members (Novice Research)
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of a Manual Standardized Stress Acupuncture (MSSA) protocol as an adjunct treatment to a short-term mindfulness therapy for perceived stress and general health in service members (i.e., active duty military personnel and veterans).
Dr. Jane Abanes, CDR (ret)
Naval Medical Center San Diego
University of California San Francisco
Increasing Resiliency in Air Force Personnel: A Multi-Site Study (Follow-on)
The purpose of this proposed follow-on study is to examine the effectiveness of the Stress Management and Resilience Training (SMART) in increasing resilience in U.S. Air Force personnel in real-world settings at Joint Base Andrews, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Nellis Air Force Base, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Col Stephen Hernandez, USAFR, NC
59th Medical Group, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Nellis Air Force Base, NV; Joint Base Andrews, MD
Virtual Nursing: Care of Patients on Continuous Remote Monitoring: Descriptive Analysis of Nurses Caring for Patients 24/7 in Remote Locations with Continuous Remote Monitoring (Novice)
This study aims to identify the acuity level of patients in remote locations with continuous remote monitoring by evaluating nurse/patient interactions (i.e., video, phone, and text encounters) and nursing documentation; and to describe the workflow of nurses caring for patients 24/7 in remote locations with continuous remote monitoring.
Maj Stephanie Raps, USAF, NC
59th Medical Group, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Leveraging the Mission Wellness Mobile Application to Support Career and Family Planning in U.S. Service Members (High Priority)
This project aims to build on the success of the Mission Wellness smartphone mobile application and to partner with CONUS and OCONUS military installations to broaden topics within sexual, reproductive, and mental health, and to partner with the TSNRP and VA to increase research and continuity of care for current and former Service members.
Col(r) Candy Wilson, USAF, NC
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
The Prevalence and Culture of Horizontal Violence among Healthcare Professionals Serving at a Large Military Treatment Facility (Novice)
The purpose of this study is to explore and describe horizontal violence within a multi-disciplinary context at a Military Treatment Facility.
LCDR Shawna Grover, NC, USN
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Health and Readiness of Women and Gender Diverse Female Service Members: A Scoping Review of the Literature 2011-2022 (Follow-on)
The purpose is to systematically identify and assess the literature relevant to the health and readiness of active duty women and gender diverse female Service members (ADW and AD-GDI); to identify gaps between the knowledge base and healthcare needs; and to explore a model for evidence-based policy recommendations.
LTC Lelani Siaki, AN, USA
Tripler Army Medical Center
An Exploratory Study of Vitamin K2 and Readiness in an Active Duty Population (Novice)
The purpose of this study is to characterize K2 status in an active duty population and explore its relationship with Soldier bone health, metabolic health, and inflammation status in the context of readiness.
LTC Racheal Wood, AN, USA
Madigan Army Medical Center
Data to Support Decisions: MHS Genesis and a National Nursing Database (Initial)
This descriptive pilot study will measure the value and feasibility of collecting, submitting, and using the NDNQI® as well as appraise stakeholder perspectives of NDNQI® participation to determine compatibility with MHS Genesis and utility of the reports.
COL Pauline Swiger, AN, USA
Madigan Army Medical Center, Winn Army Community Hospital
Determining the Relationships Between Nurses’ Perceptions of Managerial Coaching, Role Ambiguity, and Quality and Safety Competencies (Graduate)
This study will establish baseline data to evaluate the relationships between managerial coaching, role ambiguity, the QSEN competencies, and the demographic characteristics among nurses working in a military medical facility.
MAJ Allison Ferro, AN, USA
Broke Army Medical Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Feasibility and Effectiveness of Novel Neck Training Device: A Pilot Study (Initial)
The purpose of this study is to test the efficacy and adherence of a 12-week TopSpin360 training regimen on important physiologic and performance outcome measures between an intervention group and control perform standard neck exercise.
COL William Brown, AN, USA
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
Dose Response of Endotracheal Administration of Epinephrine in a Cardiac Arrest Porcine Model (Initial)
This study will investigate the dose response of epinephrine administered by the ET route in both normovolemic and hypovolemic adult cardiac arrest models.
LTC Joseph O'Sullivan, AN, USA
United States Army Graduate Program of Anesthesia Nursing
The Military Family and Service Member Deployment: A Scoping Review (Novice)
The aim of this study is to assess the evidence published in peer-reviewed journals to provide an overview of the experiences of military families in regard to the deployment of U.S. military Service members.
MAJ Wendy Hamilton, AN, USA
Evans Army Community Hospital
A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study Examining Audiovisual Stimulation to Improve Sleep, Pain, and Well-Being in Military Healthcare Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic (High Priority)
The purpose of this pilot study is to test the efficacy of an audiovisual stimulation (AVS) program for the promotion of sleep and reduction of fatigue risk in military health care workers with chronic pain, explore its effect on secondary outcomes, and examine study feasibility.
COL(r) Ann Nayback-Beebe, AN, USA
San Antonio Military Medical Center
Home Therapies for Musculoskeletal Injury in A/D: Systematic Review/Meta Analysis (Initial)
The objective of this systematic review with meta-analysis will be to review the efficacy of self-managed home therapies in musculoskeletal disorders in military populations to define plausible best practices that result in better outcomes for warfighters and improved deployability and retention of military personnel with decreased costs.
Col(r) Laura Talbot, USAF, NC
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Prevalence and Symptoms of Post-COVID-19 Syndrome in Active Duty Military Personnel (High Priority)
The purpose of this study is to determine prevalence and symptoms of post-COVID-19 syndrome in active-duty military, particularly nursing personnel. The results can enhance the readiness of our military personnel and impact understanding to guide future research on post-COVID-19 syndrome in the U.S. military.
CAPT (ret) Janet Pierce, NC, USN
University of Kansas Medical Center
Military Treatment Facilities as Research Performance Sites
1. Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Kaiserslautern, DE
2. University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
3. David Grant USAF Medical Center, Fairfield, CA
4. Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, CA
5. Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA
6. Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Los Angeles, CA
7. University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
8. University of Colorado, Denver, CO
District of Columbia
9. The George Washington University, Washington, DC
10. Augusta University, Augusta, CA
11. Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu HI
12. Dequesne University, Bethesda, MD
13. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
14. Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
15. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
16. 865th Combat Support Hospital, Utica, NY
17. University of New Mexico Health Science Center, Albuquerque, NM
18. Naval Medical Center Camp LeJeune, Jacksonville, NC
19. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
20. Womack Army Medical Center, Fayetteville, NC
21. USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, Dayton, OH
22. Wright Patterson Medical Center, Dayton, OH
23. Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
24. University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Fort Campbell, KY
25. University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Knoxville, TN
26. University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
27. Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX
28. San Antonio Military Medical Center, San Antonio, TX
29. U.S. Army Graduate Program of Anesthesia Nursing, San Antonio, TX
30. U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, San Antonio, TX
31. Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, San Antonio, TX
32. Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA