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VA Nursing Research

Improving the Health of Veterans through Nursing Research 


     VA nursing research advances knowledge to promote health and excellence in healthcare for Veterans and the nation.


  To build capacity for high quality research that informs evidence-based nursing practice and builds nursing science.

VA Nursing Research Field Advisory Committee  

TMS Genomics Education

Genomics in Your Nursing Practice is a TMS module which provides basic genomic education for all VA nurses, keeping them at the forefront of clinical practice with genomic competencies currently endorsed by professional health organizations. TMS Genomics Education (3.5 hours CEU available upon completion)

Career Development

Student Projects

Guidance for Student Projects in the VA

VA Fellowships and Initiatives

VA Research Training and Fellowship Opportunities

VA Research Career Development Awards

The Office of Research and Development (ORD) has announced a new career development program that streamlines career development opportunities across services into one ORD-wide program.

Leave Options for Full-time Clinicians

Summary document developed to describe the relevant VA leave policies that nurses could use to take a leave from their regular duties for the purpose of performing a research activity.

Non-VA Career Links

National Institutes of Health (NIH) 
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality(AHRQ) 
National Library of Medicine (NLM)


VA Nurse Scientist Toolkit  

The purpose of the VA Nurse Scientist Toolkit is to assist in the orientation of nurse scientists to the VA focusing on resources for research and for building a program of research. The target audience for this toolkit is nurse scientists newly hired into the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or any nurse new to the nurse scientist role in the VA. Nurse scientists are defined as doctorally prepared nurses who, through a program of research, conduct basic, clinical, rehabilitation, and health services research leading to improvements in the healthcare of Veterans.
Overview of Toolkit 



VA Nurse Researcher Directory

The purpose of the VA Nurse Researcher Directory is to provide easy access to information about Nurse Investigators conducting research throughout the VA. This will assist in networking among nurse scientists and in mentoring of new VA Nurse Researchers.


Funding/Resource Links

VA Sources

The Nursing Research Initiative (NRI), an HSR&D program,  encourages new and experienced nurse investigators to participate in research aimed at high-priority health issues for Veterans with particular emphasis on patient-centered care.

VA Office of Research Oversight (ORO) 
VA Research & Development 
Health Services R & D 
Rehabilitation R & D 
Clinical R&D 
Laboratory R&D 

VA Office of Academic Affiliations

Non-VA Sources

Uniformed Services University 
Additional Research Funding Links