Nursing research topics! any ideas?

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    Hi all. I am student nurse. For my assignment I have to write an essay based on evidence practice nursing. I am struggling to find a topic. I am thinking about: risk assessment tools to predict pressure sores.however, i am not finding different types of level of hierarchy of evidence. I want a topic where I would be able to find different types evidence such as systematic review,a qualitative or quantitative study or an expert opinion on the topics. Please what topics would you think is interested for me to use. I need an interesting ones.
    Thanks in advance
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    Quote from judieli
    Hi all. I am student nurse. For my assignment I have to write an essay based on evidence practice nursing. I am struggling to find a topic. I am thinking about: risk assessment tools to predict pressure sores.however, i am not finding different types of level of hierarchy of evidence. I want a topic where I would be able to find different types evidence such as systematic review,a qualitative or quantitative study or an expert opinion on the topics. Please what topics would you think is interested for me to use. I need an interesting ones.
    Thanks in advance
    Research papers are hard, a lot of work if you do it right. My research paper was over 20 pages; do it on something you are interested in or it is going to be h*ll
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    The key to this assignment is to do something that shows you understand and are capable of the process - not to solve world hunger. Make sure you pick a topic with plenty of research behind it. Pretty much any of the major research clearinghouses (Nursing Consult, EBSCO's PERC, MD Consult, etc.) will have articles ranked by levels of evidence. Just about every hospital subscribes to one of these sites. If you don't have access to one, see if the hospital where you do clinicals will let you access theirs.

    Then, pick a topic that you are familiar with but want to know more about. Avoid 'cutting edge' stuff that doesn't have a lot of literature yet. In the case of pressure sores, you would want to look at treatment options, not assessment techniques - there is a lot of literature. Another great topic is small bore NG tube placement. Anything related to current 'core measures' is also good -- tons of literature. This includes catheter-related infections, prevention of pneumonia among ventilator-assisted patients. . .
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    To Judieli,

    I could be wrong, but are you sure you aren't over complicating this. Your post said you need to write an "essay", yet the question sounds like you are doing a research paper. If I'm wrong 'ignore me' (which I know I needed tell you).

    If you just want an existing research paper or article to quote this is what I did (it's amazing what you can find 'surfing the net'):

    I typed 'nursing research journals' on goggle and hit return.

    That brought up a variety of options from which I randomly chose the following:

    A hotlink labeled 'NURSING JOURNAL RESEARCH (perpendicular line I can't make on my keyboard) HighBeam.com

    The above mentioned hotlink has the web address www.highbeam.com/NursingJournals listed just below it.

    This took me to Highbeam research webpage (the addr. line on my computer when at the Highbeam research webpage reads very similar to the addr. above; there is a little more info. attached--(aka, use the hotlink not the web address to get there).

    From the highbeam research webpage, where it says 'search the archives' I entered the keyword phrase 'risk assessment tools for pressure sores' and hit the 'search the archives' button.

    I immediately went to a listing of 74 matching articles; I believe they contain the kind of information you are looking for.

    When I was on the page that listed 74 matching articles my addr. line read http://www.highbeam.com/Search?searc...pressure+sores

    I believe you can copy and paste the above address and ignore all the other stuff.

    Please forgive me for over elaborating; I felt sharing the process of finding it might help down the road, as opposed to just giving you the website.

    I have no idea what access to 'Highbeam research' full length articles cost, however; there's a 7 day free trial. We all know how that goes -- they are hoping you don't bother to cancel. Anyway if you get the journal names, or book names or whatever off of highbeam you might be able to access the articles somewhere else like the library, or ask your school librarian for help.

    Again, if you just need to write an essay that gets you in the mode of thinking 'evidence based nursing' try this:

    search '146 years ago' from allnurses.com website. Somebody previously posted an article about Ignez Semmelweis (not sure of spelling). It was a great article and it bespeaks towards the end of the article about the dangers of ignoring EBN. This guy provided EBN data that could have prevented puerperal fever in large part; he did so at a time prior to the use of EBN and offended his colleagues. Read the article. My thanks to whoever posted it to begin with.

    p.s. On my selfish part I am starting to develop a portfolio of "technical writing" examples. It took me 10 minutes to do the search and about an hour and a half to write this reply. I tried running through the instructions myself, from scratch, after writing this. It worked for me. Let me know if you found this easy to follow, or terribly convoluted (either way, I'd really like honest feedback).
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    Bouncing:

    Wow! Spending an hour and a half to help someone with her homework! You are either very bored or very generous
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    There are also many nursing journals you should be able to access from your school library. I like Cinahl, Medline, Cochrane. You will be able to enter your search parameters. As the others stated, make it a topic you are interested in, otherwise you'll put off the research and the actual writing. Good luck.
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    I did my senior research project on therapeutic hypothermia for patients after cardiac arrest. As in, is it an effective treatment option in preventing neurological damage or decrease the mortality??
    There was a lot out there on it.

    Another one i did was patients on ventilators, getting them up and walking to prevent pneumonia.

    You can do something on NCLEX. Such as passing rates when students take an NCLEX preparation course vs not taking an NCLEX preparation course.

    Lots out there, just find something that interests you, or something you have seen in clinicals.
    If you like pressure sores and wounds, you could do something like the use of Honey in treatment of sores.
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    maggot therapy
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    We had to do one every semester in my program for clinicals. I did one on pressure ulcer prevention once. I actually found a quatitative article on preventative measures. It was evaluating the effectiveness of the Braden scale. Search for it on medline. Does your school have a subscription to any medical databases like this? Check with the library and they might have a free subscrition for you to use. That's how I did all of my research. I did another EBP paper on alternative pain management and it was an article on the use of pet therapy in pediatric patients. I've seen other papers on pain management in burn patients too....it was a pretty net article they used.
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    I researched workplace work-arounds...I know it sounds vague. However, most of the hospitals in my area utilized barcode scanning systems to administer all of their medications and I was interested in finding out how creative the nurses were in bypassing the "rules" in order to administer the medications. For example: did the nurses scan every single barcode label of EVERY med? Did the nurses drag the laptop with cart into each patient's room every single time they afministered a med? I interviewed the hospital's primary nursing informatics specialist who was able to share with me tons of statistics and data. I also found lots of data through Cinahl, Ebsco, etc. That paper was an easy A...good luck!
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