Anticipated nursing research topic

  1. Hello All

    I am a nursing student and working on trying to narrow down my topic for a research synthesis paper. I am interested in doing neonatal circumcision to reduce infections in infancy however I am having a hard time relating this directly with nursing. The articles I am finding are mainly dealing with it from a medical aspect rather than from a nursing perspective.
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  3. by   NellieRN10
    Not quite sure what you are asking, could you be more specific about what you are looking for?
  4. by   olddragger
    Circumcision itself is a surgical procedure. Post procedural care of the procedure is where Nursing enters.
    Perhaps a paper looking at some cultures aversion to circumcision compared to those that accept circumcision and the health problems associated with the difference?
  5. by   IrishIzCPNP
    Do some research and first learn the rates of these infections if "reduces". You might find it better to focus on the education of caring for an intact penis vs a circumcised one. The education aspect is usually done by nurses.
  6. by   llg
    A couple of things please me about your efforts to find a topic -- and the teacher in me feels compelled to point it out.

    1. You are thinking in terms of "narrowing it down." That's smart. Too many students (and staff members new to research) start by picking a very specific topic -- and persist in pursuing it even if it is not appropriate or practical.

    2. You are learning a valuable lesson while you search. Not all health care research questions are "nursing" questions. Some topics are more appropriately researched by our colleagues in other disciplines (e.g. medicine, pharmacology, psych, etc.). The best questions for you to pursue at this point of your career are ones that relate directly to things that nurses do and decisions that nurses make. While a nurse can choose to be an advocate for circumcision or an opponent of the routine performance of the procedure ... and/or ... a nurse would be interested in its relationship to UTI's ... it's a specific topic that might not be the best for a novice researcher to tackle.

    I recommend taking a step back and taking a look at the nursing role in circumcision. What do nurses do in relation to this procedure? What decisions about it do nurses make? What issues exist in relation to the nursing role in circumcision? Those are ones that might lead to a good topic for you to explore further. You might want to review the nursing literature and see what experienced nurses are talking about (and concerned about) to find out what they see as being a problem or issue for nurses practicing in the field -- so that your work will produce something useful to them.

    Good luck!