Robots Would Not Think and Care Like Nurses


When it comes to having a robot working side by side with human health staff members in a medical facility, nurses may not seem willing to settle for the simple scenario. Imagine, the robot get order from a nursing supervisor or the robot manages the nurse.

Prof. Rozzano Locsin, RN, Ph.D, FAAN presented the above scenario during the International Nursing Symposium held in Sydney on 13 May 2017. The hugely popular Filipino academic from Tokushima University and Florida Atlantic University presented his middle-range theory on "Technological Competency as Caring in Nursing" starting from the philosophical underpinnings to recent expansion of this theoretical knowledge to future research agenda.

Serving as the inaugural Dr. Cindy Leigh Keynote Speaker during this event, Prof. Locsin significantly mentioned that that if one looks at the cost of a humanoid robot, with all the mechanical components and the size and everything, it may well be that the first affordable humanoid robots won't necessarily look like humans but would still behave and relate and emote like humans. However, can these robots think like human, much more nurses? Can they care like nurses?

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Two panel members have also shared their insights. Christian Pedrosa, a lecturer of the school of nursing at the Australian Catholic University shared his insights from a nursing education perspective while Bryan Odan, a nurse from the Royal North Shore Hospital and a post-graduate student at the University of Tasmania gave his ideas from a clinical nursing perspective.

This event is organized by the Nursing for Humanity with support from the Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society, Australian Disputes Centre, Australian Educational Advisory Services, Ranest Castillo PENTA and Seiton Accounting Services.

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