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Could machines replace nurses?

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Silicon Valley investor Vinod Khosla suggested that machines could replace 80% of doctors. He describes an average consultation with a GP as “a routine diagnosis with a standard treatment … something a computer algorithm could do if the treatment involved no harm, or at least do as well as the median doctor”.

 

Let’s discuss…

Is this prediction a threat or an opportunity for nurses?

What elements of nursing practice could be replaced by algorithms?

What impact does technology currently have on practice?

What technology would help you provide patient care?

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Readers' comments (7)

  • Anonymous

    Aaaaaaaaahhhaaaaaaaaa haaaaa haa haaa!!!
    LOL!
    Struggling for topics?!
    heh heh heh!...

    Yes. Lets discuss....The answer is yes.

    Your questions:
    1. An opportunity (for voluntary redundancy)
    2. All of them. Except coffee drinking and gossip.
    3. Not much as most nurses can't use 'modern gadgets'.
    4. A 'non chargable ATM' that dispenses cash on demand.

    Phew....that's that topic sorted out.
    Whats the next topic?



    (well....you did ask the daft questions....what do you expect!)

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  • Anonymous

    Interesting question... We are using more and more computers and algorithms in healthcare but actually it seems to be that is because healthcare is becoming more complicated so we need them. As we know, doctors are generally not as good as nurses at face to face support (nor do they have the time). But patietns will still want that contact and nurses will be the ones to provide it.

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  • Firstly, this topic is about as interesting as chutney.

    Some of this was allready covered by NHSDirect....nurses, reading off 'computer algorithms' ('The Doctor')...

    Thats the opportunity for Nurses to jump in and fill a gap/provide GP advice (to help the Government save money).

    "Read off the computer and don't deviate from the digital advice or you are stuffed!", we were told.....quickly followed by, "Use your clinical judgement when giving advice, but if its wrong then you are stuffed!".

    Mind you, if the 'technology' NHSD was anything to go by, then don't worry about technology running away from us all...it was one step up from a ZX81!

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  • Anonymous

    Never say never. The way the NHS has changed dramatically over the years, who knows what the future holds.

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  • Anonymous

    Some nurses I've been unfortunate enough to meet, yes! Nurses who understand what they're doing, try to match care to their patient rather than blindly following a tick box (or worrying more about the tick boxes than their patients), &....now what's that thing that everyone's been missing so much from nurses so there's now a big campaign for.....oh, I remember....compassion - show me a machine that can dole out that?

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  • Anonymous

    We are being droned into tick boxing, eventually it will become the norm, the public, in general, are being programmed, the machine will then take over the tick boxing with some pre-programmed niceties (6 C's). Will it happen, probably, or then maybe not, who knows?

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous on 11th nov, do you want to insult us anymore? Us Nurses do much more than drink coffee and gossip, and we're certainly capable of using technology. The care provided by a nurse is irreplaceable, no computer could provide the same care that we do. So don't be so insulting, thanks.

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