ChatGPT and Nursing

ChatGPT is a hot topic around the world these days. In case you are not familiar with it, it is a natural language processing model that uses the plethora of information on the internet to generate content. You can ask it questions like, “How do I perform CPR?”, “Please explain quantum physics to me”, or “Write me a song about elephants in the style of Bob Dylan”. And it can do it!

I was having a hard time deciding what to write about this morning, so I decided to test ChatGPT’s blogging capabilities. I asked it to write me a blog post about a current event in the nursing profession. Here is the first part of the 250 word blog post that it produced:

One of the most significant current events in the nursing profession is the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Nurses have been on the front lines of this global health crisis, working tirelessly to care for patients, implement infection prevention protocols, and educate the public on how to stay safe.

Throughout the pandemic, nurses have faced numerous challenges, including shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), long hours, and emotional stress. Despite these challenges, nurses have continued to provide excellent care and support to their patients and colleagues.

Screenshot of ChatGPT AI output.

Obviously, there are some issues with the blog post that ChatGPT wrote. The COVID-19 pandemic has pretty much wound down at this point, so writing about it as a “current event” is a little dated, although it does list ways that the nursing profession changed as a result of the pandemic, so I will give it credit for that. ChatGPT’s writing is also pretty “dry”, even if you ask it to write in a specific style. Overall, I’d give the blog post that ChatGPT generated for me a 5/10 stars.

Students and professors have been finding ways to use ChatGPT, and one of the most thought-provoking situations that I heard about was when professors use it to grade papers that were written by it. At that point, when both students and professors are using ChatGPT, the “synthesis” and “analysis” aspects of Bloom’s taxonomy are completely removed, instead being replaced by an endless loop of computer content interpretation. This is uninspired and unsustainable!

Luckily for professors, there are tools to detect the use of ChatGPT. ZeroGPT ( is the one that I have found to be the most reliable through my own tests. Putting the human-written portion of this blog post through ZeroGPT yields these results:

Screenshot of ZeroGPT AI detection results

As artificial intelligence generators continue to grow in sophistication and ease-of-access, I expect that we will eventually see them permeate deeply into the healthcare industry, with uses such as evaluating trends in diagnostic lab values, assisting with unit scheduling, and possibly even real-time surgical process evaluation to assist surgeons.

However, as sophisticated as it may get, AI will not (and should never) replace the creative and innovative human mind.

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