How to be an Irreplaceable Nurse in the Era of Digital Transformation?

Author(s): Abdulqadir J. Nashwan

According to the WHO; nurses and midwives account for nearly 50% of the global health workforce. There is a global shortage of
health workers, in particular nurses and midwives, who represent more than 50% of the current shortage in health workers. Investing
in nurses and midwives is good value for money. The report of the UN High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth concluded that investments in education and job creation in the health and social sectors result in a triple return of improved health outcomes, global health security, and inclusive economic growth. As we are already living in the era of industry 4.0 and digital transfromation, the whole nursing practice is subject to a major transformation where the advanced technology (e.g., robots and IoT) allows nurses to be more engaged in patient care while simultaneously reducing the amount of time and energy required to care for each patient. This presentation aims to answer the question on how nurses will stay relevant while facing the dramatic change in the entire healthcare industry and how surses should learn how to adapt to advancing technology and how to supplement and enhance their skills, there are ways nurses can stay relevant in a technologically advanced future.