Some good topics for nursing research are long-term care for chronic illness, palliative care for end-stage illness and advanced practice nurses' roles in critical care. Interventions in dementia, heart disease in aging females, and the effects of hormones and stress on inflammation and the immune system are also good topics.
An important part of nursing research focuses on finding methods that provide the best nursing care possible. Long-term care for patients with chronic conditions differs from acute or short-term care with respect to different patient needs and the continuity of care. The nursing focus for patients in the final stages of an illness is often on pain relief and keeping the patient comfortable. Critical care patients often need care requiring advanced training. As nurses' roles expand, research on health conditions and their treatment plans are also becoming more important areas of nursing research.