Nursing Research Paper Topics List

A List of Winning Topics for a Nursing Research Paper

Nurses need to continue their education in order to improve their professional skills. Nursing is a very important branch of medical sciences, so that some authors call it an art of healing. There are many urgent topics to study, but it takes a while to choose the right one, so students as well as professionals seek some help.

Firstly, a winning topic for a nursing research paper should be simple but unique. Some topics may seem narrow while others are too specific, either way you need to do a strong background research, study literature, and then demonstrate strong writing skills describing your findings. A list of ideas below might help you choose a good topic for your paper.

  1. How can nurses help with diseases associated with aging?
  2. What do nurses need to know about chronic illnesses?
  3. What challenges do women face trying to improve their health?
  4. What is special about neonatal nursing?
  5. Why do nurses need special knowledge and skills taking care of infants?
  6. What strategies should nurses know for quick emergency response?
  7. What role do nurses play dealing with emotional rehabilitation of accident victims?
  8. How can nurses help in case of phobias and fears?
  9. What can nurses do to promote healthy lifestyles and sports?
  10. What are differences and commonalities in nursing practices around the globe?
  11. What are the most famous nursing schools in the United States?
  12. What types of careers can nurses pursue?
  13. What are the most famous personalities of nursing science?
  14. How has the role of nurses changed?
  15. What kind of risks do nurses face when they are on duty?
  16. What career pathway can a nurse choose?
  17. How nurses can perform their duties in multicultural team effectively?
  18. What is an international migration of nurses?
  19. What is the difference between nurses and providers of primary care?
  20. Why can alternative therapies be counted as nursing?
  21. How do nurses choose what medications to use?
  22. Why do students want to become nurses?
  23. Why is it hard to become a nurse?
  24. What skills do nurses use every day?
  25. Why do nurses should use the opportunities provided by lifelong learning programs?

The topics provided above are sample topics. In many cases, it makes sense to narrow down the topic, you can also add a different perspective, and write about what you are interested in.

KEEP IN MIND: It's always easier to write about a topic that interests you in some way.

1. Write down one or two specific topics of interest to you in your discipline (e.g. in P.T., Nursing, O.T., Athletic Training, Mental Health, etc.).


  • In medicine, there may be discrepancies about the best practices for reducing X condition in a certain type of patients. (E.g. pneumonia in patients with Y disease or health condition).
  • Obesity is a national problem, particularly among children of various ethnic/racial backgrounds. You may be interested in learning the best preventive interventions for a particular population to reduce the prevalence of obesity among children of that group.
  • A particular type of musculoskeletal injury may be common in athletes in X sport. You are interested in the most effective rehabilitation methods for that type of injury, or a comparison of two methods.
  • Are you interested in school social work? Examine the differing roles of a school social worker in rural and urban settings, or in primary vs. secondary schools.

2. If you have not been working in the health care field yet, perhaps there’s a disease or condition that interests you, through friends, family or personal experience. Or, is there a disease in your heredity and you are interested in the risk factors for that condition/disease and what primary prevention methods could be employed to reduce the risk of developing it? Or, you are interested in the best secondary or tertiary prevention for that condition?

3. Perhaps there is a particular health issue that interests you and that drew you to enter the profession for which you are studying.

4. There may be recent news articles about health issues that interest you, related to your hometown or in Florida. FloridaChartsfrom the Florida Dept. of Health provides an informative statistical picture of the health status of Floridians.

5. Browse the table of contents of the publication Nation's Health, found in the FGCU Library's eJournals for ideas.

6. Review topics covered in textbooks of other courses you are currently taking.

7. Is there a particular aspect or problem within health care management that interests you?

8. You can also combine interests: Is there a particular racial or ethnic group that you want to learn more about? What are some of the socio-economic challenges that they face in this country? Are there health disparities between them in their access to health services compared to mainstream America? 

9. Sometimes controversial issues can be interesting to explore. For instance, is medical marijuana a valid treatment for anxiety disorders? Are there legitimate reasons to consider the legalization of currently illegal narcotics?  What are the legal implications of cloning human beings?

Once you have jotted down a few topics, conduct a preliminary literature search in a database: either CINAHL orProquest Health & Medical. Alternatively, look in theFGCU Library's catalogfor a book on your subject. Look for research that has been done. Then begin to narrow your topic to be more specific: for example, to a particular condition among a certain population or setting. CHOOSE a topic that interests you!

The best source for specific research topics? Recent research studies, because a good research article identifies at the end the implications or recommendations for future research on the topic.

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