How many of you work in a hospital that requires you to use one of their cell phones in case another employee needs to reach you while away from the nurses' station? What's your opinion of them being used?
This is the 2nd hospital I've worked that has them. I can see where it saves time in tracking you down if another patient needs you. I also realize that it's probably the easiest and most confidential way to let a nurse know what someone needs without announcing it over an intercom.
On the other hand, I feel like they are an intrusion to patient care while you're in a room with a patient, trying to take care of their needs. Even if I'm in the middle of a sterile dressing change, there's no way I'm gonna answer that phone. Still, it's a distraction. Besides, they're bulky & we have enough stuff to carry around in our pockets.
I do think it's a good idea for the techs to use them since their tasks are different...besides the fact that some of ours sometimes have a habit of disappearing.
May 10, '04
First be careful they are not 'cell phones', they are cordless phones that have been certified to not interfer with medical equipment. I found it a whole lot easier than to be running to the phone ever time i got paged or lab had a critical value. Worked in a busy trauma center ER.
Yes they are heavy butI found it to be more nessessary than all the other junk I had in my pockets. Put it on vibrate and dont answer at bed side if its important they will call you back. We wore pagers as well so we couldnt get lost- hehehehe turned it off while on break though.
Last edit by rjflyn on May 10, '04