I am in my final semester of nursing school, about to graduate with my BSN in May. I am attempting to get motivated to start my final big writing assignment.. however, the topic has me hung up, so I haven't really gotten too far. I really want to do well writing this paper, but for me to to do well, I know that I need to find a topic that I will enjoy writing about and researching, as well as something that I feel is relevant to my future profession. On that note, the topics must be related to nursing management, whether it be staffing, professionalism, bullying in the workplace, teamwork, etc... I know those topics are rather broad, and that's kind of the issue I am having while trying to research the topics to find something very interesting. I am looking for suggestions for a topic to help me get started on this paper. Maybe a topic that many nurses find to be a challenge in the work place, or something within the broad topic of leadership/management that is a very positive change to nursing, either being researched or in practice already. Having not yet been employed as a nurse, it has been really difficult to see the importance in a single topic over another, as they are all important. The question for all of those reading this is: what do you find to be beneficial in a leader/manager? What do you feel like are hindrances in the work place? What different kinds of staffing would you recommend in a facility that I may want to be employed at? What kind of research have you seen lately on leadership/management styles? Anything that might jump start my brain could be very helpful... maybe just a push in the right direction? Everything seems so important, that it would be helpful to get some pointers from nurses in the work force! Thanks!
Apr 1, '13
personally, I've found the research into workplace violence/nurse-on-nurse bullying quite fascinating. There's so much there, both in terms of personal perspective (how does it make each nurse feel/how does it affect individual nurses' performance) as well as unit/team perspective (how does workplace bullying affect team performance, even for those not being bullied? how can positive team building counteract workplace violence?)
Apr 1, '13
Some topics I have written papers on befor that I have found interesting some were a bit of a challenge though...
Restraint free policies
12 hour vs. 8 hour shifts and how they relate to nurse burn out and patient safety
Testing nursing staff for MRSA
Medicare no longer covering Hospital aquired UTIs, falls/injuries, and MRSA
I did a whole bunch of papers these are the only ones I remember though... Good Luck!
Apr 1, '13
Bullying is a great topic and tons if information
Magnet vs non magnet hospital -patient outcome
Apr 2, '13
Another is alarm fatigue and patient outcome/mistakes/errors
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