Nursing and technology have been inexorably linked since the beginnings of trained nursing in the United States in the late
nineteenth century. Whether or not they thought of the devices they used as technology, nurses have necessarily used a variety
of tools, instruments, and machines--from thermometers to cardiac monitors--to appraise, treat, and comfort patients. Tracing
the relationship between nursing and technology from the 1870s to the present, Margarete Sandelowski argues that technology
has helped shape and intensify persistent dilemmas in nursing and that it has both advanced and impeded the development of
the profession. Sandelowski examines key moments in the history of nursing that dramatize the ironies of the nursing-technology
relationship. She demonstrates that nurses both embraced and rejected technology in their pursuit of cultural visibility and
professional autonomy--with varying amounts of success. As one of the domains of female work historically most subject to
sex segregation, Sandelowski notes, nursing provides an ideal site in which to examine the interplay of technology and gender.
|Traces the relationship between nursing and technology from the 1860s to the present, showing how technology has affected
persistent dilemmas in nursing and how it has both advanced and impeded the development of the profession.