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Robots and nursing: Former BScN graduate Richard Booth's journey

Feb 8, 2019


Richard Booth was an undergrad at McMaster when nursing professor Ruta Valaitis set him on a course he has taken ever since.

It may seem quite the hike from Rwanda to Western University in London, Ontario, but for nursing student Amy Olson, the trip takes minutes thanks to the technological wizardry of a professor, RN Richard Booth.

Using a robot that Booth obtained, Olson controls its movements remotely in Africa, navigating hallways to a classroom, then engaging with her Canadian peers and teachers through a tablet mounted nearly head-high. This use of technology is but one innovation from the bubbling imagination of Booth, who can hardly believe he’s paid to play.

“I’ve got the sweetest job in the world,” Booth says. “I get to play with robots. I have three robots sitting in my office right now. I get to see how they work in health care, how we can create nursing roles to work with them, and (how we can grow) nursing roles.”

Read more about Richard Booth's journey from his BScN studies at McMaster to his role today: "Paid to play" in Hospital News

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