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Technology and the Global Nursing Shortage

August 25, 2021Neetha

The Global Nursing Shortage is one of the world’s latest sorrows. As the Pandemic continues to rule on, nurses are in demand everywhere. The demand is high with less supply. As a result, the shortage curve has grown ever since. Many developed countries are having a shortage crisis. They are in the immediate search of ample nursing staff. Nursing is an essential profession.

Nurse shortages are putting a strain on today's healthcare professionals. They have to do a disproportionate amount of work. This has borne a global crisis. The world is in need of solutions.

However, the advancing digital technology is a relief. With advancement comes more innovative solutions. The intervention of smarter solutions could really help. In short, the digital enhancement would partially help ease the shortage.

But then comes more thought into the whole development. If the help of technology would really wipe out the scarcity, is a question. However, the fact that attempts give a small glint of hope.

Technology and Crisis: What’s the Connection?

The demand for nurses has been increasing in recent years. Along with it employment expected to increase by 15% between 2016 and 2026. However, there seem to have born a crisis across the globe. In other words, it is all about the supply. The supply has not been consistent across the world.

But here lies the crisis. The flaming factors that add to the crisis vary. It varies from an ageing workforce all ready to retire to the scarcity of eligible graduates. With the shortage occurs the broadening of the workforce gap.

In short, it all points to one thing. The immediate need for arriving at the right solutions. There has been a search for newer methods and strategies. This is an era where technology is booming. It can certainly, be a boon in the healthcare sector as well.

Technology and Shortage Solutions

Now the nurses are in high demand and their is a shortage in supply. Healthcare is revamping. For this purpose, they use the aid of technology. Technology has enhanced drastically in this digitally developed era.

However, if technology is used well, it can help control the shortage crisis. Artificial Intelligence has already advanced so much now. It could be explored and utilized to the maximum benefit here.

Already, there's the technology used to find interesting inventions. For instance, ‘Carerobos’ is an invention of Japan. It is already available on the market. It is taking the burden off the shoulders of nurses. They help to lift and move patients with ease. Also, they have alarming sensors as well. Another example is Sony’s robots. These robots provide emotional support. Interestingly, the medical market now abounds in other modern inventions as well. Telemedicine is another possibility that is available now. Many countries now utilize the wide possibilities that telemedicine pose. During the pandemic, people have resorted to the much convenient means of consultations. Virtual appointments are now frequent in most nations.

Other technical innovations that promise higher scopes are available as well. In addition, there are the uses of webcams. They are used specifically for closer patient monitoring. Other monitoring devices may also come out in the future.

Technology A Boon to Ease the Crisis!

In conclusion, the presence of nurses in the healthcare sector is irreplaceable. Importantly, they are the epitomes of love and care. Technology cannot replace them completely. What it can do is to ease the crisis the shortage of staff creates. Technology can assist the nursing profession. It can help in rebranding and regaining confidence. In certain instances, technology may physically free up nurses' hands. It helps to allow them to provide more meaningful care to patients.

With the right innovation, and inventions healthcare will be able to overcome the shortage. Many nations have already invested in technical innovations. With time many more enhanced digital aids will rule the healthcare industry. Hence, technology can be a great boon that will help ease the global nursing shortage.

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