Nursing has been described as both a science and an art. What is the science of nursing? In what ways is nursing an art? How does one describe the multidimensional role of the RN? How do we express the art of nursing? Is the humanitarian nature of the art of nursing in danger? And, how do science and art help nurses to articulate the essence of their profession in the context of societal, political, and health care delivery changes?
This course will examine all these questions as we look at the impact of blind reliance on technology on the science and art of the nursing profession; how it will cause an erosion of skills for the next generation of RNs who (unless stopped) will be “trained” in tasks instead of “educated” in skills; and how it has the potential of destroying the professional practice of registered nurses.
- Articulate the unique patient advocacy role RNs hold in the health care delivery system.
- Explore the potential of technology replacing human interaction in the delivery of patient care.
- Recognize the potential of technology to supplant RN critical thinking and independent clinical judgment with rigid clinical pathways or RN displacement and/or override technologies.
- Discuss technology's role in the health care industry's restructuring of provider roles.
- Define the critical role all RNs have in maintaining the science and art of the nursing profession to preserve holistic care.