Quote from nurse2033
Wow, such a boomer comment. What makes you right? Because you grew up with black and white TV and a phone that actually dialed? Well me too, but life is different today and you should be more accepting. Texting while at work requires good judgement which not everyone has- unfortunately, but is not evil in itself. These are the same people that took extra long smoking breaks back in the day. Each generation has different values, and different strengths and weaknesses.
And let the judgements and misunderstandings fly.
It's against most policies in workplaces around the country, hospitals included to stop work to text which is what the person you quoted was talking about. I've been giving a patient a bedbath when the tech helping stopped the bedbath in front of the patient and looked at her phone, and texted back. She was in her early 50's and addicted to her phone. She made her husband leave his job to bring her phone when she forgot it one day. May she rest in peace. Another example was a new grad in her early 20's I was precepting that was constantly look at her phone while I was talking/teaching would look at her phone.
I don't think the poster was saying taking extra long breaks was right either. But I do agree that each generation has different values and different strengths and weaknesses.
It's may be a "boomer comment" and I'm not sure what "makes me right" other than decency and respect, but so be it. Texting and working is wrong and I'm right about that. LOL
All that said, nothing wrong with when your not involved in patient care or interacting with other staff, to answer your phone or look at it quickly, such as when your charting or walking down the halls. Just be respectful about it.