Not so long ago one of my wonderful managers introduced me to the world of ‘blue-sky thinking’, it’s a form of brainstorming with nothing to ground you, no constraints or limits, ideas that form more ideas, and so on. So this month’s Nurse Blogger task is a perfect time for me to try out some beautiful blue skies!
Obviously, as a Research Nurse, my blue skies would turn to research, I would want to see every person’s contact with healthcare have the option to take part in research regardless of where they are or what they need it for, there would be a research option regardless.
Many years ago I attended a talk from a lung cancer specialist who strived to provide research for every part of the patient’s pathway. I was in awe and thought what a fantastic idea, for everything that we do we could carry out research to see if we were doing the best we could at that time, or was there something we could improve upon. Every part of a patient’s healthcare journey would have a research arm affiliated with it.
As research developed into routine care there would be no barriers to research, research would be business as usual and every nurse and healthcare worker would be research experts, the care team would see the gaps in practice and develop their own research projects.
Without the constraints of time, resources, or money a person would be asked to join a research project or opt for usual care. This could be in the form of treatments, how information is delivered, absolutely everything would be research-based. Just think how amazing this would be in the long run. We could cease doing the things that don’t work and improve and build upon the things that do.
This in turn would help the NHS and its future making it much more effective and efficient. Wow, could this actually be the future? COVID-19 has changed the way we conduct research a lot in recent months and is seen as crucial and fundamental during this pandemic, I hope that this continues well into the future. Hmmm, as I type I’m actually starting to believe in my BIG BLUE SKY THINKING ideas!