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Research Participation

Need participants for a study?

Access to the AONL membership for research participation is available for the purpose of academic and practice research that conforms to generally accepted norms and standards for survey research and informs health care leadership, workforce or health services.

To apply, please read and complete this form. Send completed form and all required documents to vmorse@aha.org.

Current Research Studies and Surveys

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Professional Quality of Life and Intentions to Stay
Participate deadline July 6, 2020

If you are a nurse leader working in the US who has been in at least one formal nursing leadership position for at least one year and spent less than 50% of the position in direct care, I invite you to participate in my study about compassion satisfaction, burnout, and intent to stay among nurse leaders. This study is being conducted by a researcher named Lisa Surby, who is a doctoral student at Walden University.

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Qualifications of Executive Nurses for Service on Hospital Boards
Participate deadline July 1, 2020

Request for research participation of nurse executives in a senior management position within an acute care facility including CNOs, nurse directors/managers, and executive nursing officers with at least one year experience in this role for survey of "Qualifications of Executive Nurses for Service on Hospital Boards". Please click ONLY after you have read completely. The survey link is on the Informed Consent Form.

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Work Related Burnout
Participate deadline June 14, 2020

Nearly half of nurses exhibit substantial symptoms of work-related burnout. The purpose of this study is to explore your perceptions of well-designed respite areas from a Nurse Leader’s perspective. Your input can inform design and health-promoting nurses’ break areas in healthcare facilities.

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Paws for Thought
Participate deadline June 14, 2020

Nurse Leaders, please share your thoughts on Animal-Assisted Interventions in healthcare.

Nurse Leaders (regardless of job title, education level, and practice setting) are invited to take part in a PhD dissertation study. Please use the following weblink to provide your perspectives on Animal-Assisted Interventions in various healthcare settings.

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Non-Magnet, Magnet, and Magnet Journey Hospitals needed for Team Trustworthiness Study

The importance of teamwork in healthcare delivery is well-supported in the literature. Assisting teams in creating cultures that lead to high performance requires an understanding of the precursors.

Dr. Nancy Ballard and Dr. Lynn Varagona are recruiting hospitals to participate in a national study of a perceived team trustworthiness indicator and unit-level outcomes. Participation involves (1) administering a 5-minute online questionnaire to unit/department staff, and (2) providing particular unit-level quality and performance outcome measures.

To learn more about the national hospital study, click here. To request participation, contact Lynn Varagona, PhD, RN at national_hospital_study@trustcapitalinstitute.com.


Looking for Nurse Managers in acute care

A nurse researcher is seeking nurse managers in an acute care setting with three or more years' experience in the management/leadership role to participate in a qualitative study exploring the nurse manager experiences of ethical practice in the workplace. If you are interested and willing to take part in two 30-60 minute interviews contact Jennifer Fosty PhD(c) at alandy63@email.phoenix.edu or call 516-735-7554.


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