It was only a matter of time before ASRN opened a Virtual Hospital. It`s now in the planning stage with a scheduled opening date in Spring, 2021. It`s being created in a joint association with the providers from the National College of Physicians, NCP. Its purpose will be to serve as a volunteer academic hospital for RNs in training and medical students and residents, while being overseen by practicing RNs in every specialty and MDs from every specialty. It will operate as a "free clinic" to serve the population on an as-needed basis and provide training to its practitioners and medical care to its patients.
In the USA, many hospitals are now adopting virtual hospital technology as this has become a necessity since the COVID pandemic. Patients, in fact, also prefer this type of medicine. But at the same time, there is a demand for more computer-savvy nurses- making diagnosis virtually is not always easy. Plus, nurses need to know the limits of virtual care. But for many nurses who are computer literate, this may be a great specialty as it is less physically demanding and satisfying but on the other hand, requires broader medical and computing knowledge.