Effect of technology on undertaking nursing observations
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Effect of technology on undertaking nursing observations

Lucille Kelsall-Knight Senior lecturer in children’s nursing, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall, England
Lorraine Diegnan Senior lecturer in adult nursing, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall, England

It is recognised that there is a shared responsibility for ensuring nursing students are competent to carry out and interpret manual nursing observations in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Council guidelines. Many nurses rely on electronic medical devices to determine baseline observations in all clinical settings. This could be perceived as detrimental to patient care, since nurses are no longer using their senses fully to assess patients. This, in turn, compromises the competence and confidence of nursing students to carry out the essential skills of monitoring and recording vital signs to ensure they are fit for practice.

Nursing Standard. 30, 3,38-41. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.3.38.e9884

Correspondence

L.Kelsall-Knight@wlv.ac.uk

Peer review

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Received: 06 January 2015

Accepted: 28 May 2015