I have been asked a few times to post some good Nursing research topics or Nursing researches in this site that can be used for an undergraduate thesis. I cannot blame people to expect complete Nursing researches to be posted here. But here’s my point for not doing so – my thesis advisees paid me to help them complete those studies. As a way to show respect to them and their efforts/contributions, I will not post here complete Nursing researches that anyone can just copy and paste onto a blank Microsoft Word file and submit as their undergraduate thesis. This practice is pathetic. Some Nursing researches I have handled took 3 years to complete (graduate theses/dissertations). What makes anybody think that I will post a complete thesis here for free?
If you need guidance in your studies (Nursing research, education research, etc.) please feel free to contact me through email. My posts in this site are materials that you can use as reference in your own Nursing research or any field of study but do not ask for the results of my own researches. That is, in my opinion, an abuse. Please do not expect to get everything here for free. There are many parts of a research that I will not publish here as a matter of policy and respect to my former students and clients. As they say “If someone gave you his left hand, do not ask for his right (hand)”.
If you want some Nursing resarch topics, here are my suggestions on how to come up with good topics in Nursing research which you can use in your undergraduate researches. I will not suggest specific topics but a general guide on how to choose a good nursing research topic (which will serve you better in the long run):
- Look around you (school, home, events, community, Nursing curriculum, Philippine government’s health programs, clinical instructors, et al.) and determine some problems in those areas
- Is there a need to study a perceived problem? If yes then read the next step. If no, then find another problem. In doing research, your first problem is really to look for a problem.
- Determine the “feasibility” of the nursing topic you or your groupmates have chosen. Try to evaluate if you have the following:
- Time – if you can finish the study before the deadline set by your college/institution/school
- Money – if you can sustain the projected expenses. If you think you cannot produce the necessary amount to cover the expenses of the whole research, then drop the topic and think of another one
- Interest – the most important element that you must have when choosing a topic. If the topic or idea doesn’t appeal to you, find another one or think of another one. Even if you have the time and money to finance the study, if you do not have the interest, there is a high probability that you will not be able to defend the thesis succesfully
- Project possible outcomes. Are the possible recommendations practical to implement if and only if the study has already been conducted? If yes, then move forward and write the draft of your first chapter. For more details on How to Write Chapter 1, click on the link given.
Things that you can possibly study are educational processes, relationship between variables (e.g., Clinical Instructors’ teaching performance and students’ academic performance), different teaching methods employed in your school, incidence of particular diseases like diabetes, prevalence of certain cultural practices related to health and nursing management, factors affecting a phenomenon like academic performance of nursing students in RLE, childbearing practices of a minority group, health issues like reproductive health, social issues like status and coping measures of single parents, etc.
Like I said, just look around you and look for problem areas in Nursing education, Nursing curriculum, clinical area and others. Find studies in the past which you can follow up.
Nursing education in the Philippines is not perfect. If you will only open your eyes, you’ll find good nursing research topics that could really be interesting to you and useful to others.