Topic ideas for a Pediatric Nursing paper!

  1. Hi!

    I am in high school and for my Senior Project I am assisting a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Along with doing this, I have to write a 10 page thesis-driven paper. I have no idea what to write about, but it just has to be about Pediatric Nursing. So I was just wondering, what are some hot topics in Pediatric Nursing that I could possibly use?

    Thank you so much!
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  3. by   mauxtav8r
    A place to start: ask your librarian to help you look up some current issues of "real" research journals in peds. Look at what people are writing letters to the editor about. Also, ask your person you are shadowing. They probably have cases and current issues they would be willing to discuss with you, and maybe you could actually see a patient with the issue you end up writing about. Good luck.
  4. by   santhony44
    How about the use of cough and cold medicines in very young children? There's a lot of news about that right now. You could incorporate home care measures and how to get parents to use those.

    Vaccinations; not everyone thinks those are good things.Some people are very anti-vaccine and you can find lots of information on that.

    Very early potty training of babies; I've seen something about that lately.
  5. by   TexasPediRN
    Love the idea in the above post of Vaccinations.

    They can be controversial, can cost a lot (without insurance), can save lives, are said to be linked to autism, may expose others when a child is not properly vaccinated, etc.

    If you have to write a 10 page paper, you can def. get it with that topic.
  6. by   rnurse2b
    How about RSV, rotavirus, or MRSA? These are some of the things that we see almost daily in my peds unit.
  7. by   ebear
    Controversy over ADHD diagnosis and medications for use to treat. True medical issue vs discipline issue? A lot of parents out there prefer to give a child drugs rather than deal with discipline.
  8. by   imenid37
    How about the whole children's health insurance situation? Is it a right? A privilege? Who should be ultimately responsible for insuring kids..parents? society?
    Where does the ped NP fit into the health system? What should he she be allowed to do or not to do? In some states there are a lot of restrictions on prescriptions for NP's. Good luck!!!
  9. by   snowfreeze
    Educating the family for special pediatric medical needs. Initial information sharing through years of followup.
  10. by   futurenp17
    Thank you so much everyone! I really like the vaccination idea. You all have been a great help!!