Goal: This interdisciplinary project brings nursing and engineering students together to explore modular, mobile robotic research and the educational ecosystem to create solutions to healthcare problems.
From fully autonomous disinfecting systems to invasive surgical devices, the incorporation of robotic technology into the healthcare system is ongoing and is changing the practice of nursing rapidly. To better prepare healthcare workers it is essential that these new technologies are integrated into the field of nursing at multiple levels, including hospital administration, clinical workplace, and university education. Students, particularly, need to interact with robots to better understand and utilize this technology in a controlled setting before patient care is involved. This project will provide the groundwork for the creation of a modularized robotic educational tool that nursing and engineering students can use to increase familiarity with robots that may be encountered in the workplace. This project is in collaboration with Prof. Tracey Cobb of the Elaine Marieb College of Nursing.