Nursing

Robots may go beyond patient simulation

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, March 13, 2008

In hospitals nationwide, blinking, breathing robots have been widely used as patient simulators; however, to increase efficiency in the nursing world, researchers expect the revolution of the multitasking robotic nursing assistant (RNA).

Current research is focusing on designing robots that can perform time consuming-but essential-nursing tasks, such as lifting or feeding a patient. Although robots are never expected to replace nurses, future robots are expected to not only serve as nursing assistants but also allow nurses to lend their knowledge in remote areas without having to be physically present in the location.

The goal of the development of RNAs is to help nurses work efficiently; the physical assistance may also be a help to older nurses and allow them to remain in the profession and continue using their nursing expertise.

Source: Nurse.com

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