Xilium takes pride in its staff and facilities: registered nurses using advanced technology and techniques to get the job done. Since the Information Age began its full swing in the 21st century, professions have been reworked to be quicker and more efficient with technology. However, there is public fear that tech may someday lead to fewer jobs – and the nursing industry is no exception. Could this be true?
An article by The Nursing Times would have us believe the contrary. Despite the constant reworking of management paradigms to include better software, hospitals in the UK would like to believe that the change is beneficial to nurses. Today, there is a global shortage of nurses and this has led to poorer service quality in public health administration and healthcare. The numbers of patients grow each year as hospitals close down due to poor funding while the influx of healthcare practicing professionals continues its slow ascent.
Technological advancements are appreciated by the healthcare industry. It is seen as the means by which they can mitigate the quality decline and possibly reverse it in the future. This is true in that it is already happening in many other parts of the world. From EMRs to 3D printers and telemedicine, nurses of today have adapted well to technology.
Presuming that the doom and gloom comes true, UK Deputy Leader Tom Watson believes that nurses will be among the last professions to lose their jobs. This is because professions such as these will always require a degree of empathy, caring, and creativity that AI is not capable of. While mechanical functions and analyses may be replaced in the distant future, what makes us human cannot as of yet be handed over the machines.
The profession of healthcare all over the world has welcomed technology simply because it direly needs more manpower and resources to meet the needs of society. Though technology may pose a threat of taking jobs from other industrial sectors, it is still a long way from taking those away from registered nurses and healthcare practitioners.
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