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Posted by on Jun 23, 2010 in Health care

The Decline of Hospital-Based Nursing Care

The Decline of Hospital-Based Nursing Care


Having recently survived a 4-day stay at a local university-affiliated hospital, I can only conclude that today’s nursing care should be represented by the clackety-clack of a keyboard and the reflected glow of a computer monitor. Despite its intent to streamline work and possibly prevent medication errors,* the nurse’s ever-present mobile computer workstation (left) merely appears to serve as an attention-sucking barrier between nurse and patientan imperial scutum against professional empathy for the sickest of the sick.

* And has anyone demonstrated this?

Image of Infologix’s ST7 Mobile Workstation.

bmartin (1130 Posts)

A native East Tennessean, Barbara Martin is a formerly practicing, board-certified neurologist who received her BS (psychology, summa cum laude) and MD from Duke University before completing her postgraduate training (internship, residency, fellowship) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has worked in academia, private practice, medical publishing, drug market research, and continuing medical education (CME). For the last 3 years, she has worked in a freelance capacity as a medical writer, analyst, and consultant. Follow Dr. Barbara Martin on and Twitter.

1 Comment

  1. Sorry to hear you were laid up; hope all is well…