Quote from Chico David RN
One of my good nursing buddies has a standard test for who's really a nurse: If you haven't seen a bare butt at work in the last week, you're a paper pusher, not a nurse. Maybe just a little overstated, but I sympathize with the thought
No doubt, out of frustration with the "champions of change," "change agents", and "partnership councils of the church of the holy redesign." Sorry, but these schemes are often the products of non-nurses, and they're not just pushing paper any more. Information technology and virtual reality, in a parallel universe of computer simulation-it's like an even more frightening sequel to The Matrix, once it comes to a hospital or a so-called nursing education program. Is it any wonder that critical thinking and the art and practice of nursing/caring science has been devalued by the "pumps and pearls" matrons who haven't seen the business end of a bedpan in many years? In their rush to embrace change, they've forgotten that not all change benefits humankind.
I fear that the art and science of nursing is being replaced by Artificial Intelligence, that will enslave nurses for years, like patterns of ones and zeroes repeated in streams of computer code. "Do not worry," say the champion of change. "We are creating a better society, a just society. You will serve us in this grand goal. There is no reason to resist."
Big PhRMA, IT Companies, Industrial redesign consultants, Health Insurance Companies and hospital corporations get richer, as more money is diverted away from putting more direct care nurses at the bedside.
In many of CNA/NNOC's model contracts, we fight to get good language to protect the ability of RNs to exercise their duty and their right to advocate in the exclusive interests of their patients. We reserve the right to review all new technology and computer programs to insure that they are assistive to the RN, but do not override the independent, professional clinical judgement of the RN.