• (4)  

    Closely tied to the third goal is the need to develop mere cohesive and collaborative relationships with nurses serving in the various reserve components. There is particular untapped potential for active duty nurses to collaborate with reserve nurses who are faculty nurses at various universities.

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    Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it is imperative to have an ongoing, predictable level of support for the program. This support includes not only dollars for research but also funds to support the infrastructure of the TriSerivce Nursing Research Program. Paid support staff, especially during the period surrounding the grant process (submission, review, and summary), is essential. A full-time staff would contribute to its effectiveness. These individuals would be able to better track research studies and disseminate findings as well as serve as readily available subject matter experts. The TriService Nursing Research Program could become a Center of Excellence, not only serving as administrators and preliminary approvers of funding, but as a center of expertise, enthusiasm and sharing, helping to spread the word and share their knowledge. The extremely successful but limited Grant Writing workshops serve as an example of such activity. With full-time staff, the positive outcomes could increase many fold.

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