Robots to replace nurses - page 2

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

  1. by   PeachPie
    Quote from nursesaideBen
    Why don't they take the money they've invested in this mechanical "angel" of an idea and instead invest it into creating a call light that self detonates after 35 consecutive pushes in 1 hour :flamesonb
    You'd better get that to the patent office before I do!
  2. by   nurse4theplanet
    "The idea is not only to have mobile robots but also a full system of integrated information terminals and guide lights, so the hospital is full of interaction and intelligence."-Project leader Thomas Schlegel

    Their ultimate goal is to replace nurses with machines to increase interaction and intelligence? :trout:

    Some people are so smart that they're stupid!

    I bet one of these little babies costs a pretty fear for us underpaid nursing staff being replaced anytime soon.

    That little fast lane idea, so the robots can get to the patients quickly, is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

    Robots/machinery can greatly improve our lives and make us more effective, but there are certain aspects of the human race that can not be manufactured. When will these 'brilliant scientists' realize what seems to be common sense to us lay people.:spin:
  3. by   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.
  4. by   NurseguyFL

    But I believe these robots will sell well because there's nothing that appeals to a greedy hospital board of directors more than than finding new ways to try to save a buck. It would be a big deal to them if they could actually figure out a way to get rid of nurses and automate the entire patient care process, but for many reasons that we all know---it will never fly.

    People who come up with these half baked ideas do not yet understand that nursing is not just some job. It is their ignorance and lack of respect for what we do that makes them even think about such silly things.
  5. by   Mijourney
    The discussion of robotics and patient care is nothing new. We should not be surprised that it's coming up in light of the imminent retirement of boomers and the continued shortage of experience nurses. I'm not sure how most consumers will accept robots especially in the area of med administration. If many hospitals plan to go in the direction of robotics, I plan to be a part of the system design and program team. I think that's where the money may be.
  6. by   pickledpepperRN
  7. by   Sheri257
    Uh ... wouldn't these robots have to be licensed by the BRN's?

    And I wonder how they'd do in clinicals or on the NCLEX.

  8. by   nurse_nan
    I want to be there when the first one gets peed on or thrown up on. I love fireworks!!
  9. by   banditrn
    I wouldn't get too worried - our hospital got one a few years ago - made a big deal out of it - the papers came to take pictures of it and everything, but ultimately all it ended up doing was delivering supplies.

    We used to 'mess' with it by standing in front of it! Ultimately, it just disappeared - guess they realized it was cheaper to have a real person deliver supplies.
  10. by   CaLLaCoDe
    I could just see these multitasking marvels foley caterizing and intubating a pt at the same time, steril technique a given. And what do you call it? Nurse Robata?
    I think replacing the doctor with one of these would be more practical. What Doctor you know actually goes into the room and looks at the patient when visiting? Labs/Diagnostics/Vitals looked at orders written and on to the next pt..Wow! could doctor's offices save money on late night rounds; they'd all get their sleep and we'd all be happier for it! And oh, how ledgible are their written more waisting of minutes deciphering crappy writing, eh?

    Nurse Nan Quote: I want to be there when the first one gets peed on or thrown up on. I love fireworks!!
    As in the Wizard of Oz lol..."I'm melting, melting...what a cruel wicked fate agggghh!"

    Ps. I got a better's about a clean up sh!!t in no time maschine/robot with vacuum hoses and beeps and boops. "Turn over sir! Ssshhhhsclock chug chug!"
    Technologists wouldn't think of replacing the menial tasks of an aide first; but no, replace the four year degree nurse..makes sense no?
    Last edit by CaLLaCoDe on Jan 27, '07
  11. by   PANurseRN1
    I'm imagining a doctor/nurse-bot interaction like 2001: A Space Oddyssey:

    Doctor: I want you to give that medication now, NurseBot.

    NurseBot: I'm sorry Doctor, I can't do that.

    Doctor: You stupid robot! You're supposed to do what I tell you! Give the medicine now.

    NurseBot: Look Doctor, I can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over.

    Doctor: Give that medication now!

    NurseBot: This conversation can serve no useful purpose anymore. Goodbye.
  12. by   cheshirecat
    Hey, how about replacing managers with Robots. Or an even better idea - how about replacing politicians with Robots. At least you wouldn't get any sleaze.
  13. by   MsLady06
    No one in their right mind wants to deal with a robot. Patients will be quite upset about this. I hate using self check out or even automated pay why would I want a robot to take care of me??? but some day they will have machines doing everything but that is long from now. They are working on it!!!