Robots to replace nurses - page 3

I found this pretty horrifying, as well as some of the quotes I saw on the page.... Read More

  1. by   EmerNurse
    Press Ganey will love it. Just picture the programming. "Is there anything else I can do for you? You are allocated 4.627 minutes of my time. Your balance is currently 2.354 minutes."

    What I want is one of the gadgets from Star Trek. Looks like a remote or a metal detector wand. Diagnoses ya in no time flat. Could then print out a nice set of orders for us. Legible, easy to use, always handy, no attitude, and cheaper than a doctor.

    Ok I'm tired.
  2. by   neeneedavis
    I'm with the Star Trek thinngy!! I want one, scan the body in one little swoop, push the button it writes the nurses notes, check the orders, and spits the meds in your hand!!!

    Never underestimate the perception of what a nurse is!!
  3. by   nursesaideBen
    Quote from cheshirecat
    Hey, how about replacing managers with Robots.
    From what I've heard, many managers are already robots
  4. by   kenny b
    It would be nice though if they could design something to take care of lower-level skills so that nurses would have more time to concentrate on the things they went into nursing for in the first place.

    Maybe they mean that the robots will replace some of the nurses. However, from what I've heard on this site, buying robots to clean messes, etc. would just raise the nurse to patient ratio to where it ought to be now (failing to replace anyone).

    They did manage to replace quite a few people with robots in my current world (computer manufacturing). They can do most of the manual labor and make some reasonably high-level decisions.

    BUT NOTHING on the scale of what nurses have to do (which is why I'm switching careers!) I want to be more relevant.
  5. by   deb123
    Quote from PeachPie
    Robots are being utilized in the medical field but THEY ARE DIRECTLY CONTROLLED BY HUMANS, or they do tasks that don't involve people's lives. For example, on the Discovery Channel I saw surgery in which the surgeon manipulated a robot with fine tools. In the hospital where I did clinicals, a robot wheeled hazardous materials to the proper disposal area.
    The robot wheeling hazardous materials is nothing more than a remote controlled trash mover.
  6. by   nurse_nan
    DANGER, WILL ROBINSON!!! DANGER!!!!!
    How could we not ALL benefit? :icon_roll
    I WANT one of THOSE!
    Just imagine it, guys and gals, we all complain about the working conditions. Think how much fun we could have watching a bunch of robots screwing up. And the hospital lawyers and administration personnel on their knees begging us to fix their mess. Am I indulging in too much fantasy here?
  7. by   bnrn03
    Good grief! Who is the moron who thought this was a good idea? Can't wait to see this one. Sometimes I wonder what people think do they compare nurses to pill passing, mindless, robotic like morons who have absolutely no common sense or critical thinking skills? It kind of seems that way when I read about ideas like this. I mean really isn't the reason why patients like nurses so much is because they get the individualized attention they crave from the nurse? You know guys I think it's about time nurses demand more respect, more money and more autonomy. We need to ban together like the AMA and demand to be treated like the professionals we are!
  8. by   Ceteris Paribus
    Eventually, it is likely that "artificial lifeforms" will replace both doctors and nurses. Once articicial intelligence is perfected it will be possible to create "robots" that LOOK and act like us except that they will have the equivalent of 300 IQ's (were it possible to measure an IQ that high) perfect memories, and access to the experience of essentially everything that has ever been written about medicine, pharmacology, and or nursing. and they won't ever need to eat, sleep or take vacations. Now this may take 50 years or it might take 5000 (most likely somewhere in between) BUT it is almost a certainly. There will eventually come a day when essentially EVERY job is performed by artificial lifeforms unless laws are passed to prohibit the practice. Would you be for or against such a thing IF it meant that we could save many more lives?
  9. by   nurse_nan
    If AI develops to that point, people will be redundant and unnecessary. Why save pitiful frail human bodies and minds when you can simply build a machine that will 'live' forever and won't require food or clean air? That can be completely controlled and predicted? Don't kid yourselves. The technology is already developing, perhaps farther along than the average individual realizes.

    As to saving more lives? My views on this topic would not be popular so I'll save myself the grief of defending them. Just remember that evolutionary, natural selection and survival of the fittest concepts go a long way toward explaining why the human race exists at all.

    Although, in the middle of the night, when I've paced the floor with a colicy baby and felt like dying the next day at work, a robotic nanny would have seemed a pretty tempting proposition. :chuckle
  10. by   sister--*
    Sadly, what I feel will be true about having pt. care robots is that these robots will receive much greater and timely maintainence for their well-being and function than their human counterparts receive now. Ho, hum....
  11. by   3rdcareerRN
    I'd like to see this robots idea implemented. As soon as it is, I will be come a robot nurse -- that is, the nurse who maintains, repairs, feeds, etc. the robot. Not as emotionally fulfilling as working with people, but it would get more respect and pay from management, because mgrs. want to protect that huge investment.
  12. by   Ceteris Paribus
    People will never be redundant so long as WE ultimately control the show. In the type of "advanced AI" scenario that I suggest WILL develop resources would be so abundant that people wouldn't even need to work unless they wished to do so. This is especially the case when you consider advanced AI would likely also correlate with many other advancements such as fusion technology (read almost free, pollutionless energy,) and advanced nano technology that could essentially "build" things molecule by molecule (using the cheap/free fusion energy). In such a world it would be the plans/ or software that decribed WHAT was being built which would have the real value (more than the object itself). Again, barring an asteroid, thermonuclear war or the return of the messiah this WILL (or something very much like it) happen it's just a matter of whether we are talking 50, 500, or 5000 years.


    Quote from nurse_nan
    If AI develops to that point, people will be redundant and unnecessary. Why save pitiful frail human bodies and minds when you can simply build a machine that will 'live' forever and won't require food or clean air? That can be completely controlled and predicted? Don't kid yourselves. The technology is already developing, perhaps farther along than the average individual realizes.

    As to saving more lives? My views on this topic would not be popular so I'll save myself the grief of defending them. Just remember that evolutionary, natural selection and survival of the fittest concepts go a long way toward explaining why the human race exists at all.

    Although, in the middle of the night, when I've paced the floor with a colicy baby and felt like dying the next day at work, a robotic nanny would have seemed a pretty tempting proposition. :chuckle
  13. by   edsdcs
    this would never happen

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