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Why Nurses Are Protesting AI

Summary of article from Healthcare Brew, by Tom McKay:

The National Nurses United (NNU) is protesting the increasing use of AI in healthcare, arguing it devalues nursing skills and exacerbates understaffing issues. They claim that AI-driven continuous data collection cannot replace the expertise and physical presence of nurses, often leading to inefficiencies and potentially harmful practices. Nurses report that AI systems sometimes prevent them from overriding critical decisions and can limit direct patient-doctor communication. Additionally, many AI tools are unregulated and untested, raising concerns about their reliability and the speed at which they are being implemented. While nurses acknowledge the benefits of certain technologies, they emphasize that poorly integrated AI can become a significant burden.