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7 Questions as AI-Powered Tools Inundate Healthcare Education

Michael LeTang, MS, RN-BC, CCRN-K, Vice President, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, Healthcare Risk Advisors, Part of TDC Group

Executive Summary

The public launch of ChatGPT has made artificial intelligence (AI) more prominent in news headlines, but AI has been present in healthcare for many years, including its use in healthcare education. For nurses and advanced practice clinicians (APCs) in training, AI-powered tools offer many practical benefits. These benefits are delivered without diminishing the role of expert educators or the necessity for students to develop their own clinical acumen.

Medical educators maintain their irreplaceable roles in delivering compassionate care and fostering inspiration, creativity, and empathy. As they incorporate AI into education, they can offer students innovative approaches to personalized learning, as well as immersive or simulation-based learning experiences. In addition to developing students’ baseline clinical knowledge, these practical applications of AI help prepare students to bring their critical thinking to bear in care environments where AI is providing clinical decision support.

By ensuring that educational environments keep pace with practice environments, higher education institutions training nurses and APCs can prepare students to excel in their clinical roles—which will include effectively harnessing the power of AI and other healthcare information tools to improve patient outcomes and contribute meaningfully to the advancement of healthcare.

The guidelines suggested here are not rules, do not constitute legal advice, and do not ensure a successful outcome. The ultimate decision regarding the appropriateness of any treatment must be made by each healthcare provider considering the circumstances of the individual situation and in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the care is rendered.