The creation of a research culture will yield a program of knowledge generation required to improve standards of military nursing practice and to improve the health of service members and their beneficiaries. It will contribute to understanding the uniqueness of nursing services in circumstances of war, peacetime operations, readiness, and deployment.
The research questions that must be addressed by military nurses are large in number and of great importance. Until recently, however, the number of military nurse scientists available to address these questions has been quite small, especially among the active component. The body of published peer-reviewed research focused on military nursing questions addresses a broad range of topics but is also small.
The TriService Nursing Research Program (TSNR Program) is central to improving nurses' capacity to carry out the mission of military nursing. Military nursing research is essential to expanding the body of knowledge needed to guide nursing practice that modern health care requires, not only for service members, but for their beneficiaries as well. Other sources of support for military nursing research appear to be severely limited. Despite the recent beginnings of the TSNR Program, it is showing modest success. The TSNR Program has begun to develop a body of research directly relevant to military health (see Chapter 3), to establish collaborative relationships with other scientists and disciplines, and to initiate a system for the development of novice researchers.
From the inception of the TSNR Program, guidance was sought from the National Center for Nursing Research (now the National Institute of Nursing Research) to help build a strong and credible program. The request to the Institute