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Tennessee Nurse Association Guidelines for Research Recruitment Notice

Distribution of research recruitment notices is a service TNA offers its members free of charge. There is a maximum of two studies per year per member.

Nurses who are not TNA members are eligible to submit nursing research recruitment notices for a fee of $250 per notification.

Guidelines for submission and acceptance of nursing research recruitment notices:
  • Nurses submitting the recruitment notices must be the principal or one of the principal investigators on the research study.
  • Nursing research proposals and recruitment notices must already have received institutional IRB approval prior to submission. Written evidence of IRB approval must accompany all study recruitment notices.
  • Recruitment notices should be submitted by email to Kathryn Denton and shall include phone and email contact information for the nurse submitter.
  • The website notice placement will be posted for no more than 12 weeks
  • eNews placement will be once a month for 3 months; consecutively where space is available.
  • All recruitment notices placements are subject to TNA final approval

Approved research recruitment notices will be distributed via:

  • TNA's ENews updates for members. Notices will go out once per month.
  • Website listing this page of the website. 
  • Post to TNA’s Facebook page 

All content for website, emails, and Facebook posts must be submitted in full. TNA does not create content.

Send IRB approval and recruitment notices/information to: Kathryn Denton 

Current Research Surveys

Emotional Well-being of Family Caregivers of Individuals with Persistent Mental Illness

Study Purpose: The purpose of this study is to explore the emotional well-being of family caregivers for individuals with persistent mental illness.

Participant Criteria

Family caregivers must be at least 21 years of age and reside in Tennessee. The caregiver needs to report being the primary/main caregiver for at least six months to an adult over 18 years of age with a mental illness. The caregivers and individuals with a mental illness need to be able to read, write, speak, and understand English, have internet access, and be willing to download and use the Zoom application. Individuals will not qualify for this study if they are professional caregivers, such as nurses and nurse aides, or are caring for someone with a neurocognitive disorder like dementia or a neurodevelopmental disorder like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or autism spectrum disorder.

Participant Activities

The family caregiver and the individual with persistent mental illness will need to consent for the caregiver to participate in the study during a nonrecorded video session with an investigator. The caregiver will then be able to complete about one hour of surveys online, for which they will receive a $15 Walmart gift card. An investigator may contact the caregiver again for an audio-video recorded interview based on their survey responses to allow for variation in interview participants. Upon completing the one-hour interview, caregivers will receive a $20 Walmart gift card. Half or less of the caregivers completing surveys will be invited to participate in interviews.


Anyone interested in participating in this study may contact the Primary Investigator (PI), Amanda Matthaei, BSN, RN, by email at

This study is funded by the Tennessee Nurses Foundation. Amanda Matthaei, BSN, RN is a PhD nursing student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dissertation chair and supervising research professor is Mona Newsome Wicks, PhD, RN, FAAN.

Social Determinants of Health – Work Environment: Implications for Mental Health, Moral Injury, & Burnout Among Nurse Educators in Higher Education

The purpose for this research is to explore the impact of SDOH – workplace environment upon the mental health, moral injury, and burnout of nurse educators in higher education settings and the degree to which they exist. Faculty are eligible to participate if they are full-time (FT), currently teaching in either baccalaureate or graduate nursing programs.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary and confidential. Also, this request is for FT Faculty volunteers and participation is not required by your Organization. Qualtrics settings are programmed to Anonymize Responses so IP addresses will not be collected. Data will be stored on a shared drive with password protection. Only the primary researchers and project personnel will have access to the data throughout the course of this research. No names or personal identification will be collected from participants. Answers will be kept confidential. Results will be reported as aggregate data. The information obtained from the survey results may be subject to submission for publication but will not be linked to personal information. There are no identified foreseeable risks associated with participation. However, emotions may be triggered by some survey items. In this instance, participants may stop answering questions at any time without any consequences. The benefit of this study is to generate knowledge and to inform nursing science about Social Determinants of Health’s impact upon Mental Health, Moral Injury, & Burnout Among Nurse Educators.

Please click the link below to access the research survey and the study consent: 

If you have any questions about this study, please contact the principal investigator – Gloria Carr at  For questions about the rights of research subjects, you may contact our IRB at the University of Memphis via email at

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