Nurse Corps concerning military nursing research, information about positions that call for doctorally prepared nurses, the supply of doctorally prepared nurses, the number of nurses enrolled in advanced degree programs, and major resources for facilitating nursing research in each of the military services.
The following excerpts from policy statements indicate the support of the military Nurse Corps for nursing research.
The Army Nurse Corps (ANC, 1981) established its policy statement on the value of nursing research to the Corps in 1981; excerpts from this statement follow:
Nursing research is ethical, responsible and relevant to nursing practice. . . .
The primary task of nursing research is to advance nursing practice and improve patient care. The nursing profession, and hence the Army Nurse Corps officer, has an obligation to contribute to nursing science by conducting or participating in nursing research as well as research from other disciplines.
The professional Army nurse has a personal responsibility to deal effectively with ethical issues and to be informed about pertinent legal parameters of practitioner–research relationships to subjects with respect to human rights. There is a coexisting responsibility of the ANC in a corporate sense to uphold the ethical and legal aspects of research. . . .
Research is the foundation of our practice discipline. To retain a credible professional posture and sustain accountability for our professional practice, the knowledge generated through research is essential. . . . The development of knowledge through research is essential for accountability of the profession to our patients and to the larger military organization.
The Navy Nurse Corps (1993) demonstrated a commitment to increased nursing research in its strategic plan, which was first published in 1993:
Our practice of nursing will be customer-focused and research-based.