Open Search
Open Navigation

Nursing technology is constantly evolving, and as healthcare innovators develop new tools, the nursing staff can work more efficiently to facilitate positive patient outcomes. 

For new nurses or healthcare professionals looking to advance their careers, understanding the technologies currently available and their impacts on patient care is critical. Simply put, knowing how to use nursing tech can make or break a registered nurse’s advancement.

In this guide, we’re shedding light on just a few examples of industry-changing technology in nursing. We’ll look at some of the impacts of technology, explore six must-know innovations, and touch on how nurses can stay ahead of the curve in an ever-changing tech landscape.

Explore Nursing Programs

The Impact of Nursing Tech 

In just a decade, technology in nursing has drastically changed—from wearables to AI, medical devices are only getting more powerful. 

Changing technologies have had significant impacts on nursing education:

  • Hands-on learning – During internships and practical learning experiences, nursing students must develop familiarity with the latest technologies and demonstrate proficiency to their instructors. 
  • On-the-job training – Since technologies can vary, depending on the healthcare facility, orientation and training processes for new hires are more in-depth than ever before.
  • Professional development – As technologies develop, so must nurses’ skills—many professional development opportunities are centered around harnessing new technology in nursing to improve patient care.

Let’s look at some of the tools, systems, and devices shaping the current nursing landscape.

Wearable and Portable Technology 

As technologies become more space-efficient, many devices become available in wearable or portable forms. Just a few examples include:

  • Smartwatches – Smartwatches have become ubiquitous across the workforce, but are particularly useful for nurses. Smartwatches can facilitate improved communication, multitasking, and more.
  • ECGs – Wearable ECGs can help healthcare providers track patient vitals over time—not just in the clinical setting. Collecting more data can help nurses and physicians come to more informed conclusions about patients’ conditions and needs.
  • Ultrasounds – Ultrasounds powered by portable wands and smartphone apps are already transforming the medical industry—with faster, more straightforward access to ultrasound imaging; providers can improve their acute nursing care.

Robotics and Automation

Robotics and automation have only expanded their presence in healthcare, with two widespread examples:

  1. Automated IV pumps – Automated IV pumps make it easier than ever for nurses to administer IV medications precisely and promptly. Automated IV pumps can also help decrease human error.
  2. Smart beds – Smart beds can improve patient comfort, prevent ulcers, and increase patient safety in clinical settings. 

3D Printing 

3D printing plays an increasingly prevalent role in healthcare, and patients have benefited from 3D-printed:

  • Medical tools – 3D printing medical tools can help address supply issues and decrease costs.
  • Prosthetics – Similarly to medical tools, using 3D printing for prosthesis production can lower patient costs and help designers create more innovative, useful, and safe devices.
  • Models – Models and nursing simulation labs are beneficial tools for patient education, treatment simulations, nursing self-evaluations, and more—and with 3D printing, they’ll only become more available.

As 3D printing applications expand, various medical tools and devices will become easier to produce, less costly, and more accessible. 

Virtual Reality

Like 3D printing, virtual reality (VR) has vast potential applications in healthcare—and it’s already in use in some clinical settings. 

VR is perhaps the most transformative for healthcare education students and trainees. With access to sophisticated VR, students can:

  • Get practical experience earlier – The earlier students are exposed to practical skills in healthcare education, the quicker they’ll be ready to treat real patients.
  • Combine classroom guidance with hands-on training – With help from VR, students can navigate simulated patient scenarios with input from their instructors and peers. 
  • Reduce risks – Students can build practical skills in a virtual environment instead of putting real patients at risk. 

Telehealth 

Telehealth implementation reached its zenith during the COVID-19 pandemic, but patients still use telehealth to access care conveniently and safely.1 Telehealth has bridged several gaps in primary nursing care specifically, like:

  • Safer sick visits – For minor (and highly contagious) illnesses, patients don’t have to expose their providers and other patients to infectious bacteria and viruses to seek treatment.
  • Simpler well visits and med checks – Telehealth makes it easier for patients who aren’t sick to complete routine checkups and get prescription refills.
  • More accessible care – For patients with mobility challenges, limited transportation access, or few clinics near them, telehealth expands their opportunities to receive quality care. 

But telehealth also has unique challenges—privacy concerns, for instance, require different management tactics via telehealth than in person. This is why it’s so critical for nurses and prospective healthcare workers to interface with clinical technologies during their professional development

Artificial Intelligence 

Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies like automated data analysis and predictive analytics have helped providers streamline diagnoses, improve accuracy, and forecast patient outcomes. All of these contribute positively to overall patient outcomes and general quality of care. 

But the healthcare system has only scratched the surface of what AI can accomplish—one reason why it’s more important than ever for nurses and healthcare experts to lean into technological innovations. The sky's the limit for AI, and the nurses of tomorrow are sure to encounter AI technologies in their future workplaces. 

Stay Ahead of the Curve with Alliant International University 

For prospective nurses and experienced healthcare workers, staying ahead of the curve on evolving nursing technologies can improve job prospects and clinical competencies. 

If you’re looking for a nursing education program that incorporates top-of-the-line medical technologies, turn to Alliant International University. We offer BSN and MSN-DE programs to help you take the next step in your healthcare career.


Sources: 

  1. Euny C. Lee, Violanda Grigorescu, Idia Enogieru, Scott R. Smith, Lok Wong Samson, Ann B. Conmy, and Nancy De Lew. “Updated National Survey Trends in Telehealth Utilization and Modality (2021-2022).” US Department of Health and Human Services. April 19, 2023. https://aspe.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/documents/7d6b4989431f4c70144f…. Accessed December 18, 2023

     

You might also like

Back to Blog
Learn More
Nicole Lynch

Alliant Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Nicole Lynch, passionate, innovative, and engaged nurse educator

“As a labor and delivery nurse, I learned a lot about the birthing process, and when I had my own two children, I gained greater...

Learn More
Nurse talking to a patient

How to Be a Good Nurse and Tips to Improve

The objective of any nursing education program is simple: teaching each student how to be a good nurse. From clinical competency...

Learn More
Nurses looking at Tablet

Nursing Self-Evaluation Examples and Tips

Nursing self-evaluation is a ubiquitous experience among nursing professionals. While many healthcare employers require it, self...

Request Information

  • 1
    Current Select Interests
  • 2
    Provide Information