As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, so does the role of nurses.
Nurses are responsible for providing patient care and playing a vital role in researching to improve patient outcomes.
With the start of the new year, nurses have revealed the top research topics they want to explore in 2023.
These topics cover many areas, including primary care, public health, emergency nursing, midwifery, neonatal nursing, pediatric research, nutrition, mental health, and more.
Nurses have always been at the forefront of medical research, working tirelessly to improve patient care and outcomes. Their analysis is critical in identifying new treatments, developing best practices, and enhancing the overall quality of care.
In 2023, nurses will continue to push the boundaries of medical research, exploring new topics and areas of study.
In this article, we will discuss the top research topics that nurses want to explore in 2023. We will look at the importance of each topic and discuss how they can contribute to improving patient care and outcomes.
Whether you are a nursing student, a healthcare professional, or simply interested in the latest medical research, this article will provide valuable insights into the future of healthcare.
Mental Health and Well-being
Nurses are at the forefront of healthcare delivery and are often exposed to high-stress levels and trauma, which can impact their mental health and well-being.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose a threat, nurses’ mental health has become even more critical.
According to a study published in the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 59% of nurses reported moderate to high levels of burnout during the pandemic.
Experts believe that addressing nurses’ mental health and well-being is essential to ensure they can provide the best possible care to their patients.
Dr. Mary Moller, a psychiatric mental health nurse, and expert in nurse well-being, emphasize the importance of addressing the issue of nurse burnout.
She says, “Nurses are the largest group of healthcare providers and are essential to delivering safe and effective care.
Addressing nurses’ mental health and well-being is crucial to ensuring they can provide their patients the best possible care.”
To address this issue, nurses want to explore the impact of workplace stress and burnout on their mental health and identify ways to support their well-being.
Research shows that mindfulness-based stress reduction and resilience training can effectively reduce stress and improve well-being among healthcare providers.
Identifying evidence-based interventions that can improve nurses’ well-being is crucial.
Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of telehealth and remote patient monitoring technologies.
Telehealth refers to the use of technology to provide healthcare services remotely. At the same time, remote patient monitoring involves using devices to collect patient data and transmit it to healthcare providers for analysis.
According to a survey by the American Medical Association, telehealth visits increased by 50% in 2020 compared to the previous year.
Experts believe that telehealth and remote patient monitoring have the potential to revolutionize healthcare delivery.
Dr. Susan Newbold, an expert in telehealth and remote patient monitoring, says, “Telehealth and remote patient monitoring have the potential to improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.
However, we need to ensure that they are implemented to benefit both patients and healthcare providers.”
To explore the effectiveness of these technologies, nurses want to identify the barriers to adoption and develop strategies to overcome them.
According to a survey by the American Nurses Association, nurses cited lack of training, inadequate technology, and concerns about reimbursement as barriers to telehealth adoption.
Identifying strategies to address these barriers is crucial to ensure nurses can effectively use these technologies to provide patient-centered care.
Cultural Competence and Diversity
As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, nurses want to explore how to provide culturally competent care to patients from different backgrounds.
According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. population is projected to become a majority-minority by 2045, with non-Hispanic whites comprising less than 50% of the population.
Providing culturally competent care is essential for patient-centered care and improving health outcomes.
Dr. Ernest Grant, the first male and African American president of the American Nurses Association, emphasizes the importance of cultural competence in nursing.
He says, “As nurses, we need to be able to understand and respect the cultural differences of our patients. Providing culturally competent care is essential to patient-centered care and improving health outcomes.”
To explore this topic, nurses want to understand the impact of culture on health beliefs and behaviors and identify strategies to overcome communication barriers.
According to a study published in the Journal of Transcultural Nursing, language barriers, differences in health beliefs and practices, and cultural misunderstandings can all contribute to health disparities.
Identifying strategies to overcome these barriers ensures that all patients receive high-quality care.
Pain is one of the most common reasons patients seek medical care, and nurses play a critical role in pain management.
Nurses want to explore the effectiveness of different pain management strategies, including non-pharmacological interventions.
They also want to identify the barriers to effective pain management and develop strategies to overcome them.
“Pain management is an essential part of nursing practice, and we need to ensure that we are providing evidence-based care to our patients,” says Dr. Patricia Bruckenthal, Ph.D., APRN-BC, ANP, FAAN, an expert in pain management.
Nurses play a critical role in healthcare delivery, and their research priorities reflect the profession’s challenges and opportunities.
By exploring these research topics, nurses can contribute to developing evidence-based practices that improve patient outcomes and support their well-being.