Here are some of the technologies that have changed the nursing career in the past century. 1. Electronic IV monitors, 2.portable defibrillators 3.computer stations 4.hands-free communication devices including remote call badges 5.portable IT devices. 6.drug management technology to regulate dosage of medications. Yet with all these advances, there is an acute nursing shortage in many parts of the world. By the year 2020, it is estimated there will be a shortage of 800,000 nurses. Buerhaus, JAMA,2000
In the 1990's I wrote a skit for a degree nursing course called Nursing 2020 and some of my fellow classmates enacted it out. I had a challenging time to convince these registered nurses that charting would be done at the bedside on computers and that hospital cleaning would be done by robots.
Three years later, working in Florida, the former was a reality. While visiting a maternity hospital in Singapore, I was going to an elevator when I was told by a voice to move out of the way which I did and stared in disbelief at the machine that gave the command. It was taking food trays to the patients on the floor and was gave the command after entering the elevator for the particular floor.
New technological advances are continuing? R2D2 - Robot nurses could be in hospitals by 2020! (Warwick University Engineering Dept, UK.) What are your views? Would robots take over as Nurses? Will hospitals be managed by Nurses?
Some Nurses are already ordering treatments and medications. They are the NP - licensed Nurse Practitioners. On next Tuesday's post, we will have the interview with Nurse Practitioner, Jennifer and the following week, we will have the interview with Nurse William!