"We don’t have time to think about things as much or research them or mull them over. You have patients, and they need your care.”
Hancock’s position stems from her work in academia: In addition to working as a nursing professor in West Virginia, she is also an editor of the online research journal The Qualitative Report.
In these roles, she sees a strong difference between the way academia and nursing approach issues. Where academia has the luxury of analyzing and discussing concepts or problems, nursing is focused on solutions.
“Nurses are natural innovators because of how we care and advocate.”
Sometimes, as with the nurse who fashioned a pillow out of a bootie, innovation is born from human-to-human contact. Other times, it’s the fruit of sophisticated technology.