Overthe years, the healthcare has seen a lot of technologicaladvancement. Illnesses and infections have become worse and toprovide a solution, automated machines have been improvised to takecare of patients` needs more efficiently. Observing from this trend,it is predictable that these sicknesses will continue to be even morewidespread and acute (Lähdesmäki & Nyholm, 2007). It is also inline with statistics from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).Therefore, a lot more machines are anticipated to be invented to takecare of the growing need for health attention of patients. Nursesplay a vital role in the healthcare sector, and no matter how manymachines are put to the task of caring for patients, their input willstill be priceless by 2050.
Waysin Which Nurses Can Preserve the Human Caring Cariative
Butwhat can nurses do to maintain their human caring cariative?According to the theory of cariative caring, the perspective ofnursing is the innermost core of compassionate. It refers to a caringthat recognizes the patient`s needs and suffering, and that is notprejudiced. It is based entirely on the nursing process that aims atmeeting the needs of all patients systematically according to theirillness and diagnosis. They should uphold their professional ethicsas well as human and moral standards.
Asmuch as there are machines and monitors to perform some medicaltasks, nurses should still be there to provide emotional support totheir patients. They should be able to put themselves in theirpatients’ shoes, feel their pain and connect with them emotionally.They can also provide them with the company and have that one on one,personal touch to quicken their recovery.
HowNurses Can Position Themselves to Remain in Focus of HumanInteraction
Nursesalso need to position themselves such that they remain in focus tohuman interaction to care for patients in a way that no robot,however advanced, could ever replace them. Human suffering on a deeplevel, for instance, pain related to life cannot be assessed by anymachine. Nurses` input will still be needed direly. They will be theones to observe the plight of the patients and assess their human andpersonal needs (Wikberg, 2007). Machines do not have feelings of anykind, and although robots have been developed to mimic humanbehavior, it can never be the same. Robots work on a set of programsor instructions. That means that they only respond in a particularway according to some codes when subjected to various stimuli. Itdoes not come naturally and sincerely as it would from a human nurse.
Nursesshould, therefore, capitalize on this advantage they have over robotsby creating real personal touch and interaction. They should respondto their patients` needs, not according to some formality they haveto oblige to, but with compassion and understanding that boostsconfidence and trust between them and the patients. Respect anddignity are vital to any human interaction. Nurses also ought totreat their patients with respect so as to preserve their dignity.They should do so without fear or favor prejudice or bias. He/she isa provider a caring nurse who can perform their professional dutywhile still showing love and understanding. Such a nurse will bepreferred by any patient a million times better than anysuper-advanced nurse robot. If they uphold their ethics and all thepractices above then, apparently nurse robots will never replacehuman interaction (Wikberg, 2007, p.334)
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Wikberg,I. (2007). Imagining nursing practice 2050: The caritative caringtheory. Nursing Science Quarterly, 20(4), 333-3354. DOI:10.1177/0894318407307164