The Technology of Nursing’s Future
Nursing has undergone a great transformation over recent years, and there are many more changes ahead. Navigating the future of nursing will require the advanced skills and preparation that comes from an accredited online nurse practitioner program. Tomorrow’s nurses will also need the open-minded confidence to embrace new ideas like these:
Technology advancements in the study of genetics and genomics will change the future of the nursing practice as the diagnosis of common diseases begins to occur at the molecular level. This will particularly impact the care of patients with cardiovascular conditions, metabolic disease and/or cancer. As the profession comes to understand more about the outcomes of certain therapies on specific genetic-level diagnoses, nurses will be able to deliver individualized treatments.
While robotics has been part of the healthcare landscape for many years, new technologies continue to improve robotic diagnostic and surgical abilities. That provides a challenge to nurses who want to keep their technical skills up to date. The greater consideration, however, is experimentation with robot caregivers. While it is not anticipated that humans will be replaced by technology any time soon, nurses need to be prepared to work alongside medical robots.
Use of locator tags, tracked either by ultrasound of infrared technology, are being used to track equipment and patients. Not only can nurses find the right equipment quickly and easily, they can also keep better tabs on patient flow and bed management. Different phases of the patient care experience, from admission through discharge, would be automatically tracked on the various units. A central system would allow for a single-screen look at overall unit activity.
It is suspected that in the future, all clinicians will be equipped with smartphones on the job. Not only can this technology take the place of current badging and paging methodologies, nurses will be able to access electronic patient charts and reference tools on the spot. Texting and other messaging functions can also be used to share information among several members of the patient care team.
Today’s nurses are being trained in new and exciting ways through online learning, web chats, and even simulation technology. Simulator programs allow nurses to be in a dynamic interactive virtual environment where they are faced with clinical challenges that test their skill level. Non-responsive mannequins are also being replaced with simulated patients that have lung and heart activity and realistic weight and skin texture. The new technology helps nurses better prepare for their clinicals and work with real, live human beings.