Advancing Technology, Caring, And Nursing

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While the increase in lifesaving technology has extended both the length and quality of life for patients, critics have argued that health care professionals often read the technology rather than the patient. This critique strikes at the heart of nursing, which defines itself in terms of care for the whole person. Providing a comprehensive review of the issues surrounding the rapidly emerging field of technology, this collection describes how the nursing profession faces and deals with technological advances.

The complexities of technology intimately influence aspects of nursing in every setting, and directly challenge caring as the essence of nursing. The present collection gives practicing nurses, students of basic and advanced nursing, and other health care professionals an overview of the contemporary situation of technology in mainstream health care and how it impacts on the quality of that care.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865693005
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2001
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

ROZZANO C. LOCSIN is Associate Professor of the College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University.

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Table of Contents

I Foundational Concepts of Technology, Caring, and Nursing 1
1 A Framework for Caring in a Technologically Dependent Nursing Practice Environment 3
2 Technology and Historical Inquiry in Nursing 12
3 Pictures of Paradox: Technology, Nursing, and Human Science 22
4 Complex Culture and Technology: Toward a Global Caring Communitarian Ethics of Nursing 41
5 The Language of Nursing: A Technology of Caring 53
6 Technology, De-skilling, and Nurses: The Impact of the Technologically Changing Environment
II Practice Issues: Outcomes of Caring in Nursing
7 Outcomes of Caring in High-Technology Practice Environments 79
8 Practicing Nursing: Technological Competency as an Expression of Caring 88
9 On the Relationship between Technique and Dehumanization 96
10 Suffering and Growth in the Shadow of Machines: Nursing and the Iron Lung, 1928-1955 106
11 The Symbiosis of Technology and Caring: Nursing of Older Adults 122
12 Challenging Contemporary Practices in Critical Care Settings 133
III Application Issues: Technology and Caring in Nursing 147
13 Cloning the Clone: Marvel of Technology or Nursing Nightmare? 149
14 Technology in a Climate of Restructuring: Contradictions for Nursing 161
15 Demand Pull or Technology Push: Which Is Influencing Change in Nursing Care and Information Practice? 170
16 Exploring the Gender-Technology Relation in Nursing 178
17 Problem-Based Learning and Technology: A Caring Pedagogy in Nursing 196
18 Telehealth Nursing: Challenging Caring in Nursing 208
Index 225
About the Contributors 231
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