Futurism in nursing: Technology, robotics and the fundamentals of care

Mandy M. Archibald, Alan G. Barnard

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Aims and objectives: To explore the concept of futurism and the emergence of robotics in relation to the fundamentals of care, highlighting how nurses need a more anticipatory and contemporary position towards technology to maintain relevance in the future. Background: The future of nursing in Western countries will soon be linked with the emergence of robotics for efficient and cost-effective provision of fundamental care. Their emergence and roles with care of the body and more broadly assisting people with their daily living activities has enormous implications for the profession and health care. Despite this importance, how nursing understands and will respond to technological trends and developments is insufficiently reflected in the professions discourse. Design: A discursive article. Methods: Literature from nursing fundamentals of care/fundamental care, information science, technology, humanities and philosophy informed the arguments in this article. Conclusions: This article examines the intersection of futurism and the fundamentals of care, and how adopting an anticipatory and posthuman perspective towards technological-care integration is necessary amidst a robot revolution in the techno-era. Relevance to clinical practice: Nurses are currently challenged to understand, prioritise and deliver fundamental care. Health systems are challenged by a lack of care predicated by shortfalls in skilled staff and deficiencies in staff mobilisation. Both challenges can be compounded or alleviated by further integration of technology, but to maximise benefit requires forethought and understanding. This article can help open needed dialogue around planning for the future and is a call to action for the nursing profession to conceptualise its position on exponential technological growth and fundamental care provision.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2473-2480
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
Issue number11-12
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018


  • caring
  • fundamental care
  • futurism
  • humanism
  • nursing
  • posthumanism
  • robot
  • technology


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