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1st International Conference of the German Society of Nursing Science

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Pflegewissenschaft e. V.

04.05. - 05.05.2018, Berlin

New professional roles? On emergent technologies in nursing relations

Meeting Abstract

  • presenting/speaker Anne Koppenburger - University Osnabrück
  • Anna Haupeltshofer - Hochschule Osnabrück
  • Miriam Peters - Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Vallendar
  • Hanna Wüller - University Osnabrück

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Pflegewissenschaft e.V. (DGP). 1st International Conference of the German Society of Nursing Science. Berlin, 04.-05.05.2018. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2018. Doc18dgpS01

doi: 10.3205/18dgp109, urn:nbn:de:0183-18dgp1099

Veröffentlicht: 30. April 2018
Veröffentlicht mit Erratum: 18. Juli 2018

© 2018 Koppenburger et al.
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  • Anna Sophie Haupeltshofer (Hochschule Osnabrück/Lingen)
  • Miriam Peters (Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Vallendar)
  • Hanna Wüller (Universität Osnabrück)


  • Anne Koppenburger (Universität Osnabrück)

Digitalisation is a challenge as well for society as for nursing. Technological change does affect all realms of nursing practice. Hence, challenges nursing scientists as well as nursing practitioners and patients to cope with these changes. In this Lunch Workshop three theses will be presented and discussed, each referring to a particular field of nursing science and respective research projects. The speakers argue, that even in the German context professional care workers would have already taken over an important role in technological supported care practice. Nevertheless, the speakers argue that within nursing education as well as health service research the increasing technologisation of certain parts of the care process requires theoretical and methodological development.

Theses one: The integration of cutting-edge technology into care relations requires a thoroughly preparation of nurses-to-be. Despite the lack of thoroughly conceptualized approaches to the integration of emergent technologies into care work settings the development of care-related digital technology is pushed forward by European research politics. By reference to a current research project on Augmented Reality for care work key challenges for nursing science’s conceptual work are pointed out.

Theses two: The systematic initiation of technological competencies is still at the beginning of the development. In order to meet current and arising requirements in nursing practice critical reflexive competencies need to be trained within nursing education. Although empirical data shows that digital media in the context of nursing education are mainly used to mediate functional expertise, it is argued that digital forms of learning can be used to initiate relevant competences.

Theses three: Professional care workers play a key role in sensitizing elderly people regarding potential use of technological artefacts within the care process. It is argued that “Tech Stories” are an appropriate method to approach elderly people’s view on technology as well as an approach to their individual ways of dealing with technological change. As a consequence, the individual (digital) education concept “The Digital Nurse” will be outlined as an answer which at the same time is to be conceived of as a strategy of professionalization of care work.

Structure: The Lunch Workshop will be conducted dialogically. The first part (total 30 minutes) will be used to introduce the participants to the topic (5 minutes) as well as for presenting the theses (25 minutes). The speakers will present their theses by referring to each other. In the second part (total 30 minutes) the theses will subsequently be used as a starting point for discussion with the participants.


First, an outdated version of the abstract had been published. The abstract text was completely replaced. Also, four originally named co-authors were removed as they were not involved in the held workshop.