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Nurses vs Robots: No Contest
A recent article, Robotic Scrub Nurses Could Boost OR Efficiencies caused quite a stir in the nursing community.
Of course a "robotic nurse" would create a visceral reaction - the same reaction as if there had been an article on "robotic doctors" or "robotic teachers". The word means ‘automatic, technical, predictable’ and Nursing is anything but – it is dynamic, complex and requires a sensitivity and wisdom well beyond the perceptions of the profession by the general public – or even other members of the health care team.
Just a scrub nurse? Then you have no idea of the skill set which a good scrub nurse utilizes to orchestrate her/his entire OR environment. Even the seemingly simple passing of an instrument is much more than meets the eye. For when the surgeon asks for the wrong instrument on a bad day, the experienced scrub nurse reaches for the correct one with questioning eyes – eyes that speak volume – eyes that can convey encouragement, support, questions or concerns. Just handling instruments? I don’t think so.
Of course there are no reality TV shows that truly represent nursing – it’s not entertainment and never will be. Nursing is one human being’s presence, skill, compassion and energy guarding, advocating and guiding patients through their very complex journey in our dangerous health care system. And the real sore point is that the public doesn’t see or appreciate this critical role.
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