Nursing research investigates the many factors that affect human health for the purpose of developing clinical interventions. Military nursing research addresses several specific areas:
- Unique environmental settings for care.
- Mission readiness and development of military personnel.
- Improvement of delivery systems and processes to enhance clinical outcomes and quality of life for military personnel, their beneficiaries, and populations receiving care during missions.
The purposes of military nursing research are to expand military nurses' knowledge and improve their capacity to provide appropriate, high–quality nursing care.
Military nurses deliver care within conditions established to accomplish military goals—conditions that may have positive or negative health effects for service members and their families. Thus, the focus of military nursing research is to learn how to prevent, modify, or minimize negative health effects and optimize positive effects.
Broadly speaking, military nursing research is concerned with:
- Patterns of illness, stress, and injury.
- Occupational and environmental hazards that affect health and readiness.
- Intervention studies to improve outcomes or deliver high–quality care in a cost–effective manner.
To ensure that TSNRP funds the most promising research by military nurses, the program employs a rigorous three-step review process for all grant applications. This process promotes innovative, collaborative studies that will have a significant impact on the lives of military personnel and their families.
And findings from military nursing research often benefit civilians as well. Modest investment in military nursing research has already yielded valuable results.