Nursing Research

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Do you have an interest in nursing research?  So does the Army Nurse Corps and the Army Medical Department. Some of the nations most robust studies are being conducted at a military medical treatment center every day.  Of course, the Army doesn't have a monopoly on research. Both the Air Force and the Navy support doctoral prepared nurses.   but the Army has the largest nursing corps and the largest and most robust program.

The U.S. Army's primary research facilities are at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C.  A school of nursing and medicine have both been associated with Walter Reed practically since its inception. So, it should be no surprise that the nursing department of research was established there in 1957.  Walter Reed is currently home to the Triservice Nursing Research Program.

Research studies are ongoing at Madigan Army Medical Center, Ft Lewis WA, Brooke Army Medical Center, Ft Sam Houston TX, and other military medical centers.  Examples of research studies that have been conducted by the U.S. Army include improving ARDS outcomes with metabolic support, postoperative wound healing, risk factors for nosocomial pneumonia, and Military Nursing Outcomes analysis. 

Many of the advances in healthcare have been as a result of military nurses conducting research. All branches of the military support research efforts to improve nursing and patient outcomes. They even have programs to help nurses achieve doctorate degrees from civilian universities. 

Military healthcare research benefits society as whole because what we learn often has applications in civilian as well as military settings.  Reducing nosocomial (hospital caused) infections for example has direct applications to the civilian setting.