Nurses Union Rails Against ‘Unproven’ Medical Technology

The 185,000-member National Nurses United has launched a nationwide media campaign railing against the dangers of “unproven” medical technology and a lack of standardized care that exposes patients to “severe risk of harm.”

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Comments (2)
My first reaction to this brief story was that it lacks substance and portrays nurses like technology resisters and malcontents. But when I went to the website to learn more about this media campaign I was totally amazed by this propaganda. Technology is NOT trying to replace nurses and most health technology makes care safer, more efficient and frankly, its what makes healthcare in America the best in the world. We may have some challenges with certain EMRs, sure, but these challenges are being addressed at a national level and eventually, the benefits will be exponential in terms of improved communication, care coordination and patient engagement! I would hope the nursing unions could find something more meaningful to rally around! This isn't it. Vicky Mahn-DiNicola RN, MS, CPHQ VP Research & Market Insights, Midas+ Xerox.
Posted by vicky.mahn@xerox.com | Thursday, May 22 2014 at 3:25PM ET
As I watched the unfolding of this video, I witnessed a very unrealistic and laughable scenario. It does get ones attention, however.

At the end of the video, the real nurse is assertive and competent - that is a positive message to convey to society. But, frightening the consumer of healthcare with the beginning of this video detracts from any positive message.

Nurses are advocates for safe patient care and the use of appropriate technology. They are educated with basic information technology (IT) knowledge and skills to ensure the use of ethical use technology. Those actions are a portion of nursing's role and responsibilities.

Nurses participate in information system selection and the evaluation of technology. Certified informatics nurses in collaboration with IT professionals ensure that a selected technology is used to facilitate the work nurses do rather than as a substitute for the nurses' scope of practice and professional decision-making. Nurses are cognizant of the interaction of technology and the patient.

If anything, this video questions and underscores the lack of nurses' participation and oversight of the technology selection process. We do better than this every day and should convey more positive examples of how nursing impacts patient care.

Barbara McNeil, PhD, RN-BC, informatics nurse
Posted by mcneilb | Friday, May 23 2014 at 1:34PM ET
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