Nursing has evolved through time and the care nurses provide must tailor itself to these changes. Today we live in a world where new technologies are used everywhere. Nurses must stay rooted in human caring while adapting to these advancements. Nursing must not move to be merely a technical practice. Locsin’s theory of Technological Competency as Caring in Nursing works to frame the relationship between nursing care and the use of technology.
Known as a contemporary theorist, Locsin’s perspective of caring and understanding human beings relates to the simultaneity paradigm. According to this paradigm people are believed to be more than just the sum of their parts. People are considered whole at all times, regardless of being sick, or if technologies are utilized on them. The role of nursing is not to fix the broken patient or make them whole but to care and know the patient fully. He sees technology as an extension of caring that enables a greater sense of knowing. The idea of knowing is a central idea throughout Locsin’s work. Knowing is a mutual process between the nurse and those being nursed. They must come together and know each other in order to have mutual knowing and acceptance (Locsin, The Culture of Technology: Defining Transformation in Nursing, from "The Lady with a Lamp" to "Robonurse"?, 2001).
The person being nursed is thought to be unique and necessitates creative and imaginative ways of being cared for. Today’s technologies have created innovative ways to care for such people. Locsin does not define a human being as being purely natural, but references those who have implanted devices such as cardiac pacemakers, insulin pumps and artificial limbs as also being whole (Locsin R. , 2010). We only know a person for a moment in time. People are constantly changing and nurses must appreciate this in every patient.
The nurse and patient must willingly establish a relationship and build trust between each other in order to know one another. The patient is active in their care and must allow the technology to assist in the knowing process. Without the patient participating in the act of knowing, the nurse will see them as an object (Locsin R. , 2010). It is the responsibility of the nurse to use the many different technologies competently in order to gain their patients trust. If the patient senses the nurse is incompetent they will put a halt to the process of knowing
This theory closely relates to my work in the Cardio Thoracic Intensive Care Unit. The amount of the invasive technologies used on a patient can make it difficult to create mutual relationships. Locsin's theory is fairly new and has not yet been used as a framework of practice in any study (Locsin R. , 2010). Nurses treating patients on life sustaining machines must be proficient in the use of the technologies and must focus their caring to the person and not to the machines. As nurses it is important to realize our...