Nurses and nursing students can develop research projects on caregiving, cognition, chronic diseases, geriatric care, pediatric care, managed healthcare, nursing theory, palliative care, primary care, healthcare technology, sleep disorders and women's health. Within each category exists a broad range of specialized research topics fit for any nursing research project.
Primary care research topics touch on diabetes, cross-cultural healthcare, obesity, heart disease, psychological risk factors, the effects of stress on the body and tissue repair.
Cognition research investigates dementia, cognitive aging, nonpharmacological interventions and delirium.
Pediatric research topics include puberty, perinatal epidemiology, behavioral endocrinology and prevention of obesity and diabetes in young children.
Geriatric care topics focus on medication abuse, complex care issues in elderly patients and attitudes about health in the elderly community.
Research topics in nursing theory, such as qualitative methodology, qualitative research methods, qualitative testing techniques and concept advancement, are important to the advancement of the nursing profession.
The University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing lists aging health policy, Alzheimer's, long-term care, asthma, renal disease, emergency care, HIV/AIDS, genetics, substance abuse, symptom management and environmental health as possible research topics.
More topics include arthritis, complementary therapies, cardiovascular surgery, pacemakers, ethics, infection control, neonatal, nutrition, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, toxicology and pain management.