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)