Technology plays an ever-increasing role in the delivery of services, and it is the obligation of the County to make decisions regarding the selection and usage of such technology.  Recognizing this, the County and the Association agree that the development and deployment of clinical technologies is intended for the improvement of quality outcomes, and is intended to be consistent with the provision of safe, therapeutic and effective patient care.  It is understood that technology is intended to enhance patient care, and its deployment shall not limit a Registered Nurse’s input of clinical judgment in assessment, evaluation, planning and implementation of care; nor from acting as a patient advocate.

The County will continue to provide opportunities for nurses to provide input regarding the use of new technology affecting the delivery of direct patient care.