The value of nurses
Just a quick post today. I have been reading many articles this week dealing with some great telemedicine stories offering services to rural areas in the USA.
One common element throughout all is the role nurses play in the initial assessment of patient data and communicating results to physicians. Isn't it interesting that as far as we have come with providing people with technical health solutions that nurses continue to play such a vital role in health delivery.
I wonder what challenges will face nursing in the future with regards to their need to be technically savvy? Will they need to study IT related courses in the future or will technology be so transparent that no additional knowledge is required to monitor the devices and translate the data?
Will nurses of the future have the same role they do today? I have no idea but one thing is for sure, nursing continues to be one of the most valued and respected professions and long may that continue!