Do you use your pda/smartphone at work? - page 2

by Aly529

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I'm reading more and more info about nurses using apps on their devices to help them do a better job and as a Blackberry lover I can see how having info at your fingertips can be helpful BUT how realistic is it? Do nurses... Read More


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    Absolutely! At my LTC facility no "electronic devices" are allowed, but I explained to my DON that a) I refuse to work without my cell in case of emergencies and b) I use it for nursing reference like drug calculations and whatnot all the time and he was ok with it.
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    Quote from Aly529
    I'm reading more and more info about nurses using apps on their devices to help them do a better job and as a Blackberry lover I can see how having info at your fingertips can be helpful BUT how realistic is it?

    Do nurses really use their smartphones at work?

    Are they allowed on the floor? Encouraged?

    What about during clinicals?

    I think I would feel weird pulling out my Blackberry to look for info on a drug *even though there are MANY apps with really comprehensive guides*
    Thanks!
    I was like... HUH? Why feel weird?

    Frankly, in this day and age, IMHO it is considered almost de rigueur to have a pocket device with answers at your fingertips at the bedside. Sure, the device can have multiple purposes (eg. a stethoscope can be used for safe cracking too); but at the bedside, it's usage is understood to be for professional reasons. That is, you're pulling out the Blackberry to obtain clinical knowledge, and presumably not to gossip text or violate HIPAA by taking photos of the patient. So it should not be a problem at all.
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    Quote from Emergency RN
    I was like... HUH? Why feel weird?

    Frankly, in this day and age, IMHO it is considered almost de rigueur to have a pocket device with answers at your fingertips at the bedside. Sure, the device can have multiple purposes (eg. a stethoscope can be used for safe cracking too); but at the bedside, it's usage is understood to be for professional reasons. That is, you're pulling out the Blackberry to obtain clinical knowledge, and presumably not to gossip text or violate HIPAA by taking photos of the patient. So it should not be a problem at all.

    That's exactly how I would feel but didn't want to to be perceived otherwise, such as texting, photos, etc...Anything inappropriate. Some mentioned devices are not really allowed but still used and I'd probably still try to use mine but wishing facilities start encouraging the use of them and trusting people do the right thing I guess.

    That impression is still there with some that if you're on your phone you're not doing anything productive. It happened to me in my last line of work where I was looking up something for a customer that was not available through other means and I was questioned on why I was on my phone. It could be easily misconstrued is all I'm saying. I'd feel better knowing there was a policy that allows the use since that would be the device easiest to use.

    Wanted to see if anyone was using theirs, mainly to get an idea if it would be allowed during clinicals and such. (I think ahead...lol ..too far ahead sometimes)
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    Quote from canundergrad
    I used my BlackBerry to look up a drug and my clinical instructor lost it on me.... user beware.
    I suppose it depends upon the school. I have several friends in either BSN or MSN programs right now, and they are required to have either an iPhone or a Droid (I think...I can't remember exactly what noniPhone device it was). They are expected to have certain apps downloaded and available, including their drug and lab reference manuals.
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    I have my iPhone 4 on me at ALL times...since my employer is lax in providing updated drug reference manuals, IV drug manuals. I MUST have info at my fingertips and my iPhone allows me to do that. I know better than to gossip text or do ANYTHING that would violate HIPAA...I may be dumb but I'm not stupid...lol
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    When I use my iPhone as a drug reference at work, I always place it down on the med cart or the counter just as I would if I were looking at a drug guide. I feel as though most people watching would know that I am referencing vs. texting. Of course, everyone has their own perceptions.
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    im in an RN program and it was a requirement to get along with pharmacology & med surg books!
    so that should help you:-)
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    I use my iPhone all the time for work issues. Don't know the answer to something, I pull it out in front of the patient and explain I am looking it up. I've never had a patient not be impressed that I care enough to ensure they are getting the best information impossible. (many have made just such comments)

    Many of our docs do the same thing. I think professionalism is the key, it all hinges on how you handle it.
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    Quote from SNB1014
    im in an RN program and it was a requirement to get along with pharmacology & med surg books!
    Oh wow. See lugging books around is what I was trying to avoid. It's so "old school".

    I guess every place is different.
    I'll see when I get there.

    Thanks everyone.
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    I frequently use my iPhone at work as a reference. The calculator app ends up being one of the most used.


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