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Do nurses have a reputation for being “obstructive to change”?

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Hamer S, Cipriano P (2013) Involving nurses in developing new technology. Nursing Times; 109: 47, 18-19.


“Throughout history, nurses have been accepting of change and adapted to new ways of working. Despite this, nursing has a reputation of being obstructive to change, particularly around technology.

“Healthcare technology implementation is not always successful and we argue that this is because nurses and other frontline workers are not involved enough in the change process. Nurse leaders need to be actively involved in the debate over appropriate technology and resources.”


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  • Do nurses have a reputation for being “obstructive to change”?
  • What technology and resources would help you improve patient care?
  • Is emphasis on developing healthcare technology taking away from compassionate care?
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  • Anonymous

    I think that nurses have had so much change over the last few years that they are exhausted by it, and just want to get on with their work. Also the endless paperwork that comes with change takes you away from the people you are trying to care for.

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  • Anonymous

    What a ridiculous notion!

    Nurses accept every change that is thrown at them, but they can't cope with it. That is the problem! The reason that they seem obstructive is because they are overwhelmed by change, they have no say in any change and they take no active part in trying to have a say. They are not obstructive, they are just ineffective. It looks like the same thing.

    If they actually stood up and said "NO" to the latest government policy or initiative and stopped being compliant participants in every government lunacy, then they would remove the causes of poor care and the obstructions to good care. Nurses need to refuse to implement the government 'reforms'. The problem is that nurses, in some respects, are not obstructive enough.

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  • Far from being obstructive to change, nurses deliver changes with or without technology every day. It is vital that nurses are involved in the design and system redesign that accompanies the implementation of technology.

    Service changes often have few front line or senior nurses involved in the technology changes despite being around 75% of the NHS workforce. Fortunately many of our informatics leaders are starting to recognise this gap in previous attempts to implement technology in healthcare.

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