Important problems

As we begin 2019, now’s a good time to think about the important problems we face in our work and in our lives. The kinds of problems with more than one right answer, the ones that can’t be looked up in a textbook. The problems we don’t (but should) learn to solve in school.

Here’s a list to get us started:

  • Efficient and effective ways of decreasing emergency department visits, wait-times and overcrowding
  • Improving access to health care services in remote, rural areas and after-hours
  • Leveraging technology to improve the quality, usefulness and effectiveness of nursing education
  • Making nursing education a right, not a privilege
  • Alternatives to institutionalizing people who cannot care for themselves
  • Decreasing wait-times and unnecessary referrals to specialists
  • High quality, high efficiency methods to assessing, diagnosing and treating health problems
  • Scalable, effective approaches to improve healthy child development and parent attachment and reduce bullying, adolescent mental illness and suicide
  • Alternatives to pharmacotherapy for managing obesity and preventing/treating hypertension, diabetes and heart disease
  • Development and implementation of upstream approaches to preventing infectious diseases, injuries, cancer and chronic diseases
  • And on and on……

With existing technology and information – and the potential for new technology and more information in the future – certainly we can create a healthier, happier world than the one we’re living in.

Tackling important problems might make our urgent, recurrent and annoying problems go away.

The best part: You don’t need anyone’s permission to try.