At my one job which is per diem now, we are allowed. Text surgeons. Text anesthesiologists. Text nurse manager. Text supervisor. Do whatever on it. Especially in long cases. You can do whatever as long as it doesn't mess up the flow of your room. I'm in the OR at that job.
My previous job, I was not allowed to have it at all. Like at all. The manager was the "phone nazi" for lack of a better term. I would only use it for calculations of due dates and weeks of pregnancy for triage patients and med calcs. There are so many apps for the medical field yet you were not allowed to have it at all. I would be on break outside of the hospital or in the lobby on break and my manager would write me up for "being on my phone" ummm excuse me I'm on break. Didn't matter. That place was ridiculous. Over the top. Along with this rule were back stabbing nurses. I left there. I found it funny though that others would be on their phone an not get written up. What a joke that place was.
My current job actually most of my day is speaking to clients and coworkers through text. For clients they text my work phone and my coworkers text my personal.
Overall I think absolutely no cell phone
use and even when on breaks and anywhere on hospital property is ridiculous. Some of these apps and things we use could save a life. Ok. I'm done now.