Damn Robots

Okay, another pet peeve, the nurse-as-robot meme.

Via the physician-blogger at Social Media Plus Medicine, who writes, “Japan-based robot maker Kokoro, says that the nurse robot is supposed to give patients a heightened sense of security.” Like all nurses, he adds, “Actroid-F is very realistic, but actually, she is pretty creepy, too – as you can see in the embedded video in which she’s replicating the operators facial expressions and body movements.”

I have no theoretical objection to robotics in health care. However, I think it’s a classic case of expensive toys for upper management boys — who have noticed nursing’s obvious defects, like our penchant for evidence-based practice and a tendency to mouth off, i.e. advocate for our patients. My problem lies with the perception that robots can somehow provide the expert knowledge, skill and care that a nurse can. Apparently, there are people out there who actually believe it.


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  1. #1 by Jenn Jilks on Wednesday 03 November 2010 - 1417

    I think that it is simply that they cannot find enough nurses.You are worth your weight in gold! Not a dime a dozen.

  2. #2 by agingsociety on Wednesday 03 November 2010 - 2250

    Except when they are designated to discharging patients. I think this is wrong.

    Amazing how much she looks like Mariah Carey— American.

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