Many aspects of nursing research are linked with research in other areas of medicine, technology, social work, and public policy. For example, nurses are working with those in oncology to improve the quality of life for those with cancer. This includes studies into hospital vs. home care, drug dosages, alternative therapies, and end-of-life issues. See the various articles on ethics, oncology, pharmacology, and palliative care.
Nurses are also working with those in social work to come up with policies to protect children from abusive situations and utilize foster care when necessary. They are developing guidelines for determining what constitutes child abuse, the reporting of cases, and developing legal recourses in complex situations. Nurses are also studying family violence, psychosocial issues, and mental illnesses. See the articles on psychology and social work for more information.
Nurses are working with other medical professionals in areas such as human disease, gerontology, neuroscience, physiology, and surgery. They are studying patients to understand various drug effects, how people deal with medical issues, and the physical and mental results of hospitalization. This includes issues such as patient-centered care, discharge planning, and patient transfer.