I need an opinion on this

  1. Hey, all... one quick post then I'm going back to bed because my BIG FAT DOG is hiding under my computer desk. Its storming outside... she's such a ninny.

    Ok, for my nursing trends class (which I despise, more on that later), we have to write a research paper on a topic that directly or indirectly affects nursing.

    After some thought, I decided on a topic which I think is interesting and can also use for my letter to a congressperson project (hello? I wrote a letter to a senator in fargin' 7th grade!). My topic is: the importance of governmentally funded research for early onset bipolar disorder (prepubescent), to potentially lead to early diagnosis and treatment for more bipolar kids. This is correlated with a large percentage of kids in juvenile detention centers who have documented mental illnesses. So my slant is: better research into early onset bipolar disorder, which is often misdiagnosed as mania or ADHD and medicated with Ritalin, better treatment, more productive lives, less juvenile crime/violence/incarceration. I think its pretty good, interesting, combines my 2 favorite subjects: psych and crime.

    Ok, so yesterday in class people are discussing what their topics are.

    They are:
    Needle sticks
    Medication errors
    Mandatory overtime
    Bioterrorism something or other

    Do you think my topic is too indirect?
    It definitely affects nursing, in my view, both acute care psychiatric nursing and corrections nursing (in the juvenile detention centers). Nurses should be concerned about health policy and governmentally funded research to improve the quality of life for people with mental or physical illness, right?

    However, I'm a little concerned because my topic isn't quite as direct, concrete, and linear as the other people in my class.

    I'd appreciate any feedback.

    Thanks,
    Reb

    who is going back to :zzzzz
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  2. 35 Comments

  3. by   adrienurse
    I think it's valid. It shows you have the capacity to think on your own -- the above topics have already been dissected and re-dissected. I'd ask your prof, though if you're really having your doubts.
  4. by   traumaRUs
    I think its a very related subject. In my state (IL) the governor in his infinite wisdom closed our area's mental health facility - so our pysch pts (both kids and adults) are sent by ambulance to facilities throughout the state - up to 250 miles away!!!! So, then they are released back to our area and voila - no follow-up, no meds, no nothing.
  5. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by delirium
    Ok, so yesterday in class people are discussing what their topics are.

    They are:
    Needle sticks
    Medication errors
    Mandatory overtime
    Bioterrorism something or other
    Yeah, they all sound pretty generic to me. Not that they're bad topics, they just sound like the examples the prof gave in teh project description. And Adrienne is right, they've been done and redone and done some more.

    Did you tell them your topic? Dood, trust me. They're jealous of you now.

    Heather
  6. by   delirium
    Thanks for the input. I did tell this one girl in my class and she just looked at me with a dazed deer in the headlights look and said, "That's very interesting."

    She then turned around and finished her lunch.

    I was just concerned that my topic was a little too esoteric. I know its hard to believe but sometimes I engage in tangential lines of thinking that are not quite grounded in reality and I was worried this was one of those times.
  7. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER

    Did you tell them your topic? Dood, trust me. They're jealous of you now.

    Heather
    dood..look at her..she's a smart, mad-sexy bee-yatch!!! they already were jealous!!!


    anyhoo...i think it sounds great...the topics the others are doing are lazy topics....and overcooked...poor prof is gonna fall asleep grading them....but i would talkto the prof if it would make ya feel better....besides, maybe ya can add another prof-notch to yer belt...
  8. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    hehe.... didn't you miss her like mad Sunny?
  9. by   renerian
    Pointed non generic. Excellent!

    renerian
  10. by   delirium
    Originally posted by sunnygirl272
    dood..look at her..she's a smart, mad-sexy bee-yatch!!! they already were jealous!!!


    anyhoo...i think it sounds great...the topics the others are doing are lazy topics....and overcooked...poor prof is gonna fall asleep grading them....but i would talkto the prof if it would make ya feel better....besides, maybe ya can add another prof-notch to yer belt...
    Nope, sun. This prof is too crunchy for America.

    Besides, I'm a one-woman woman.

  11. by   baseline
    If I were in your class I'd be saying.........SHYT!!!!!....why didn't I think of that!
  12. by   delirium
    Aww that makes me feel good, baseline, but its really not an incredibly creative topic, just one I'm interested in.

  13. by   cactus wren
    Originally posted by delirium
    Aww that makes me feel good, baseline, but its really not an incredibly creative topic, just one I'm interested in.


    And that is why this will be such an awesomw paper....we always do better when we are interested in what we do.....Those other folks are just pushing papers...I can see them up in admin making life hard for the rest of us in a few years...no imagination there....
  14. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I think it is VERY appropriate and affects US ALL.......dood you aint' no dummy!!!!!

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