Nursing Research Topics

Nursing Research 2This list of nursing research topics is a comprehensive, authoritative, yet concise guide to current nursing research literature.

Nurses at all levels of preparation and in all clinical specialties will find this an important introduction to the extent of nursing research. This list would be most helpful to basic and graduate students. The thematic articles provide the reader with an important starting point for future content and references and a timely source of the most relevant and recent research. The alphabetical ordering of articles is provided to assist the reader in easily locating a topic. Every effort has been made to be inclusive of all relevant terms in nursing research, which were selected on the basis of the existing nursing research literature.

250 Nursing Research Topics

  1. Acculturation
  2. Action Science
  3. Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer
  4. Acute Care of the Elderly
  5. Addiction Care
  6. Adherence/Compliance
  7. Advance Directives
  8. Ageism
  9. Alzheimer’s Disease
  10. Applied Research
  11. Basic Research
  12. Behavioral Research
  13. Biofeedback
  14. Boykin and Schoenhofer: The Theory of Nursing as Caring
  15. Breastfeeding
  16. Cancer in Children
  17. Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Cholesterol
  18. Caregiver
  19. Caring
  20. Case Study as a Method of Research
  21. Causal Modeling
  22. Cerebral Ischemia
  23. Child Delinquents
  24. Child–Lead Exposure Effects
  25. Childbirth Education
  26. Chronic Illness
  27. CINAHL® Database
  28. Clinical Care Classification System
  29. Clinical Decision Making
  30. Clinical Judgment
  31. Clinical Nursing Research
  32. Clinical Preventive Services
  33. Clinical Trials
  34. Cochrane Review
  35. Cohort Design
  36. Collaborative Research
  37. Comfort Theory
  38. Community Mental Health
  39. Comparative Effectiveness Research
  40. Complementary and Alternative Practices and Products
  41. Concept Analysis
  42. Conceptual Model (Framework)
  43. Consortial Research
  44. Content Analysis
  45. Continuing Care Retirement Communities
  46. Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
  47. Cost Analysis of Nursing Care
  48. Critical Care Nursing Research
  49. Cultural/Transcultural Focus
  50. Current Procedural Terminology-Coded Services
  51. Data Analysis
  52. Data Collection Methods
  53. Data Management
  54. Data Stewardship
  55. Delirium
  56. Delphi Technique
  57. Depression and Cardiovascular Diseases
  58. Depression in Families
  59. Depression in Older Adults
  60. Depression in Women
  61. Descriptive Research
  62. Diabetes Research
  63. Discourse Analysis
  64. Doctoral Education
  65. Domestic Violence
  66. Drinking and Driving Among Adolescents
  67. Eating Disorders
  68. Elder Mistreatment
  69. Electronic Network
  70. Emergency Nursing
  71. Empathy
  72. End-of-Life Planning and Choices
  73. Enteral Tube Placement
  74. Epilepsy
  75. Ethics of Research
  76. Ethnogeriatrics
  77. Ethnography
  78. Evaluation
  79. Evidence-Based Practice
  80. Experimental Research
  81. Exploratory Studies
  82. Factor Analysis
  83. Failure to Thrive (Adult)
  84. Failure to Thrive (Child)
  85. Falls
  86. Family Caregiving and the Seriously Mentally Ill
  87. Family Health
  88. Fatigue
  89. Feminist Research Methodology
  90. Fetal Monitoring
  91. Fever/Febrile Response
  92. Fitzpatrick’s Rhythm Model
  93. Formal Nursing Languages
  94. Functional Health Patterns
  95. Genetics
  96. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
  97. Grantsmanship
  98. Grounded Theory
  99. Health Conceptualization
  100. Health Disparities in Racial and Ethnic Minorities
  101. Health Disparities: Theoretical and Methodological Approaches
  102. Health Policy and Health Service Delivery
  103. Health Services Research
  104. Hemodynamic Monitoring
  105. Henderson’s Model
  106. Hermeneutics
  107. History of Nursing Research
  108. HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment
  109. HIV Risk Behavior
  110. HIV Symptom Management and Quality of Life
  111. Home Care Technologies
  112. Home Health Classification Systems
  113. Home Health Systems
  114. Homeless Health
  115. Hospice
  116. Hypertension
  117. Immigrant Women
  118. Infection Control
  119. Consent
  120. Instrument Translation
  121. Instrumentation
  122. International Classification for Nursing Practice
  123. International Nursing Research
  124. Interpersonal Communication: Nurse–Patient
  125. Job Satisfaction
  126. Johnson’s Behavioral System Model
  127. Kangaroo Care (Skin-to-Skin Contact)
  128. King’s Conceptual System and Theory of Goal Attainment
  129. Leininger’s Theory of Culture Care Diversity and Universality
  130. Maternal Anxiety and Psychosocial Adaptation During Normal and High-Risk Pregnancy
  131. Measurement and Scales
  132. Menopause
  133. Mental Health in Public Sector Primary Care
  134. Mental Health Services Research
  135. Mental Status Measurement: Mini-Mental State Examination
  136. Mentoring
  137. Meta-Analysis
  138. Middle-Range Theories
  139. Mild Cognitive Impairment
  140. Moral Distress
  141. Moral Reckoning
  142. Mother–Infant/Toddler Relationships
  143. Music Therapy
  144. Narrative Analysis
  145. National Institute of Nursing Research
  146. Neuman Systems Model
  147. Neurobehavioral Development
  148. Newman’s Theory of Health
  149. Nightingale, Florence
  150. Nosocomial Infections
  151. Nurse Engagement
  152. Nurse-Led Group Clinic Visits
  153. Nurse and Physician Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  154. Nurse Staffing
  155. Nursing Assessment
  156. Nursing Diagnosis, Interventions, and Outcomes
  157. Nursing Education
  158. Nursing Information Systems
  159. Nursing Occupational Injury and Stress
  160. Nursing Practice Models
  161. Nursing Process
  162. Nutrition in Infancy and Childhood
  163. Nutrition in the Elderly
  164. Obesity
  165. Observational Research Design
  166. Orem’s Self-Care Theory
  167. Organizational Culture
  168. Organizational Design
  169. Osteoporosis
  170. Outcome Measures
  171. Pain
  172. Palliative Care
  173. Parenting Research in Nursing
  174. Parse’s Humanbecoming School of Thought
  175. Participant Observation
  176. Patient Care Delivery Models
  177. Patient Contracting
  178. Patient Education
  179. Patient Safety
  180. Patient Satisfaction
  181. Pediatric Primary Care
  182. Pender’s Health Promotion Model
  183. Peplau’s Theoretical Model
  184. Pet Therapy
  185. Phenomenology
  186. Philosophy of Nursing
  187. Physical Restraints
  188. Physiology
  189. Pilot Study
  190. Population Health
  191. Populations and Aggregates
  192. Postpartum Depression
  193. Pregnancy
  194. Prevention of Preterm Birth, Preterm Labor, and Low Birth Weight
  195. Primary Nursing
  196. Qualitative Research
  197. Quality of Care
  198. Quality of Life
  199. Quantitative Research
  200. Quasi-Experimental Research
  201. Reliability
  202. Reminiscence
  203. Replication Studies
  204. Research Dissemination
  205. Research in Nursing Ethics
  206. Research Interviews (Qualitative)
  207. Research Utilization
  208. Resourcefulness
  209. Rights of Human Subjects
  210. Rogers’ Science of Unitary Persons
  211. Roy Adaptation Model
  212. Rural Health
  213. Sampling
  214. Schizophrenia
  215. Secondary Data Analysis
  216. Self-Efficacy
  217. Serious Mental Illness
  218. Shivering
  219. Simulation
  220. Sleep Science
  221. Smoking Cessation
  222. Smoking/Tobacco as a Cardiovascular Risk Factor
  223. SNOMED Clinical Terms
  224. Social Support
  225. Spirituality
  226. Statistical Techniques
  227. Story Theory
  228. Stress
  229. Stress Management
  230. Stroke
  231. Structural Equation Modeling
  232. Substance Use Disorders in Registered Nurses
  233. Systematic Review
  234. Telehealth
  235. Telenursing/Telepractice
  236. Telepresence
  237. Terminal Illness
  238. Theoretical Framework
  239. Thermal Balance
  240. Time Series Analysis
  241. Transitional Care
  242. Transitions and Health
  243. Translational Research
  244. Triangulation
  245. Uncertainty in Illness
  246. Unlicensed Assistive Personnel
  247. Validity
  248. Violence
  249. Virtual Nurse Caring
  250. Vulnerable Populations
  251. Wandering
  252. Watson’s Theory of Human Caring
  253. Weight Management
  254. Wellness
  255. Widows and Widowers
  256. Women’s Health
  257. Workplace Violence

Nursing Research 1A preliminary list of topics was compiled from a wide variety of sources, including nursing and allied health textbooks, general medical encyclopedias, and consumer health guides.

The essays were compiled by experienced medical writers, including physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and allied health care professionals. The completed essays were reviewed to ensure that they are appropriate, up-to-date, and medically accurate.