Surgeries assisted by robots throughout the world are slowly on the rise, with the 100th robotic cancer surgery happening in February 2017. But as they become more ubiquitous it raises the question: How will robots impact the future of those employed in the medial profession?
“I think there will always be a need for nurses and doctors,” said Michigan State University nursing junior Nicole Haist. “There is an increase in the amount of procedures done with machines or robots but a machine will never be able to provide patients with the therapeutic care that is needed to make sure a patient is continually cared for throughout the healing process.” Machines, while a great tool to assist doctors and nurses throughout the process, do not provide the human element that many need throughout the recovery period. “Nursing isn’t about the procedures,” Haist said.