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Not Exactly a Meme, yet Very Interesting

A friend of mine (the post is locked, respecting that privacy) asked an interesting question:

What would you be doing for a living were there no world wide web, or internet? How about if there weren't computers yet?

Nursing, and Health Care both existed long before the advent of computers. My decision to enter the profession of Nursing was made a good chunk of years before the advent of personal computers, though mainframes were well established in business of all sorts (including Health Care) at that time. I expect then that I very likely would still be a Registered Nurse.

On the other hand, the advent of improvements in computers of all types means that all I can say about my practice of Nursing without them, is it would be very different.

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tx_cronopio
Jan. 13th, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
Ah, interesting question! Really, the only thing it's changed for me is mode of communication, I don't think my university administrator job is all that different due to computers. But I could be fooling myself...
fatfred
Jan. 13th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
There would be a hell of a lot more typing or writing for cataloging, but Library work stays the same at the core.
lolleeroberts
Jan. 13th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
ICU nursing would be different in some ways without computers. So much of what we monitor is on those computerized monitors. I don't think we'd have the ability to measure PAP, PWP, CVP or other pressures or blood oxygenation, even blood gases are analyzed using a computer. That would all change. No automatic BP machines, back to the cuff and a stethoscope. (If you thought I was going to try to spell sphygmomanometer, well, yeah, I love a challenge)

I'd probably still be in nursing without computers or the web, but it would be different. I might still be teaching. No powerpoints. No quick access to quizzes, activities, databases. Hmm. Good and bad there. The times my computer has gone down I just lectured, after saying "sorry, no powerpoints" and getting applause. Typing all my exams up on a typewriter? Eek.

edited to fix a typo.

Edited at 2008-01-13 04:23 pm (UTC)
wedschilde
Jan. 13th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
are you fucking kidding me? i'd be a starving writer or very bad artist :::grins::: hell, i'd have to learn auto mechanics.
madshutterbug
Jan. 13th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
If only to take care of Kasuge! And Firebird! *G*
wedschilde
Jan. 13th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
i'd HAVE to. i couldn't afford it otherwise.
jeliza
Jan. 13th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
I'd still be a photographer, but I suspect my work would be very very different.
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