Got To Vent! I really hate Cell phones! - page 3

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  1. by   Spidey's mom
    Ok, I have a question. I was at a conference last week regarding the use of alcohol and illegal drugs during pregnancy and I swear, at least 20 times during the day a cell phone went off.

    My question is why? Why do people leave their ringers on when they are at a conference?

    I could understand one or two forgetting . . . but 20 or more?

    I really want to know why.

    steph
  2. by   Nurse Ratched
    A local pub has comedy nights and they make an announcement prior to the show that anyone who has a beeper or cell go off during the show will be asked to leave for the night. About half the audience generally pulls out something to turn off.

    I read an article this week that said 45% of young people between the ages of 13 and 19 have cell phones.

    As far as using them in the hospital - strictly forbidden in ours.
  3. by   Nursebelle
    Okay, how about cell phones that are provided by the hospital to "enhance" patient care. We used to carry pagers, so the secretary could get a hold of us. Now it is cell phones. Doctors, family members, other personell call and are able to reach you. No matter if you are in the middle of a sterile dsg. change or procedure in another room. Or worse yet, you actually get 1 minute to go to the bathroom.... And it rings. Personally whoever thought of this idea needs their head examined...
  4. by   joyflnoyz
    I absolutely agree it's MUCH better to reach out and touch someone personally, but a bit difficult to do 1500 miles away.
  5. by   Caitlin's Mommy
    Originally posted by Nursebelle
    Okay, how about cell phones that are provided by the hospital to "enhance" patient care. We used to carry pagers, so the secretary could get a hold of us. Now it is cell phones. Doctors, family members, other personell call and are able to reach you. No matter if you are in the middle of a sterile dsg. change or procedure in another room. Or worse yet, you actually get 1 minute to go to the bathroom.... And it rings. Personally whoever thought of this idea needs their head examined...
    I totally agree with you.Anyone who wants nurses to use a cell phone is asking for trouble in my opinion.If any staff want to get ahold of a nurse so badly have them wear a pager!

    Nine mounths ago I was a pacient at a huge teaching hospital on a critical care floor,so of course their are tons of people on vents,drug pumps, and lord knows what else.Well one day I was walking down the hall with my morphine pump and other paraphnilla ,here comes some guy walking down the hall talking on his@#$% cell phone!My first thought was "Great all of us are going to die,thanks to this idiot"!Well this poor nurse sees him,drops everthing in her hands,and grabs it out of his hands,and turns it off.She then asks him if he saw the HUGE sign in BIG BOLD BLACK LETTERS thats says no cell phone aloud!He said that he did ,but he was just going to use it for a minute.

    There should be some sort of test people have to take before they can purchase a cell phone.I'm not against the use of them ,when they are used at a proper time and place,but when I see people use them in a hospital,while driving ,in a library just to chat,in class,or a movie theatre I just want to slap some common sence into them.
    Last edit by Caitlin's Mommy on Jun 15, '03
  6. by   KaroSnowQueen
    OK, I am the exception. I am a cell phone freak. Have the latest greatest and all the goodies (appointment book, song and game downloads, text messaging, etc) and can work them. Sorry. I am a misfit among my peers here, I can see. (Hides head in shame).

    HOWEVER, I don't talk on at work unless I take it downstairs or outside if my kids page me or something. AND I don't leave it on in the movies or church. There is a lady who sits in the pew in front of me who will actually leave the sanctuary and go to the foyer and talk on her cell phone during services (and no she's not a dr. she's a kindergarten teacher!)!!!! THAT is outrageous to me!
    If you're so important you can't be unreachable for an hour in church, you ought to at least be King of Some Unpronouncable country or something. Good grief.
    And we have SEVERAL docs who wear their cell phones turned on in the building and will talk on them at the nurses' station!!!
  7. by   funnygirl_rn
    Has anyone see people walking around with the hands free cell phone (the mic in their ear...like the employees at Old Navy use)? I saw a few people in the grocery store the other day pushing their cart, yacking away. Maybe more people will use these in their car...so they won't cause so many accidents!
    Last edit by funnygirl_rn on Jun 22, '03
  8. by   Brita01
    Yeah, I saw this guy once using a hands free phone in the grocery store. He kept walking behind me talking and making hand gestures. I kept looking around cuz I thought he was nuts, talking to himself. Then I realized he had a little wire coming out of his ear.
  9. by   Katnip
    I admit it too. I have a cell phone and I use it now and then. Twice my car broke down at night nowhere near a phone. I used my cell phone.

    I broke down once before in 10 degree weather and 8 months pregnant in a neighborhood and not one person would let me use their phone or even call a police car for help. Sooo. I have a cell. Since then, I take it with me.

    I do not use it in restaurants, theaters, or classrooms. I do use it to call my kids if they're expecting me at a certain time and I'm going to be late. Beats the heck out of trying to find change for a pay phone. IF there's a pay phone around and IF it works.

    Yes, they can be abused. But I'll bet lives have been saved because someone witnessed a nasty accident and called for help far sooner than could have happened without a cell phone.

    I was once driving behind a man who had a cell phone in one hand and gesturing wildly with the other. He was weaving all over the road. So, good citizen that I am, I stopped, called the police from my cell and had the pleasure of seeing a police car come around the corner and nail him.

    Cell phones are not inherently evil or nasty. Some people who use them may be.
  10. by   teeituptom
    Unfortunately this is the way of the future
    remember the old wrist radios with the view screen worn by our favorite detective in the fight against crime. AKA Dick Tracy
  11. by   passing thru
    Cyberkat, i see you are in maryland......were you in maryland when no one would make a cell phone call for you?

    That is so inhuman ! I don't want to be in whichever state that was....ever !!
    What rude and awful people !!
    You just come on down south and have them car problems or whatever....
    we will call the cops for you, the tow truck, let you use our cell-
    phones to call your family
    and, ......... our men will probably have you up & runnin before you get off the phone.!

    Why are yankees so hatefful and callous???
  12. by   rnnurse2be
    I to have a cell phone and could live without it, but wont.
    I turn mine off in church and other inappropriate places. I also use the vibrator mode in most places. I am a working mother of two school aged children and am a full time student. How and when do I make important appointments?
    I WANT my childrens school to be able to get ahold of me WHEREVER I am. I believe this is extrememly important. When we leave them w/ the babysitter, I put my phone on vibrate when we are at dinner or a movie. DO I ANSWER IN THE THEATER? No, I look who's calling (I sit on the end of the row) and LEAVE to go answer.

    With the job's my DH works and my hectic schedule, this is one way we can keep in touch, and I feel NO guilt.

    I too would like to know how talking on a Cell in a resteraunt is rude? Do you talk to your table companions? Is a conversation with someone on the phone is rude, I dont see how.

    I have talked on the cell in the grocery store. Who cares, and how is this rude? I dont get it. Usually its my DH calling to remind me to buy something. How do other people know your in the groc store?

    I believe if the place is inappropriate, put it on vibrate, or shut the thing off.

    OH; someone mentioned why doesnt everyone use Vibrate. Some phone batteries are not equipped with the feature, and the batteries are somewhat spendy for one. And another reason is sometimes you simply can not feel it vibrate. Believe it or not.

    Sorry if I made some of you mad by my response, but in this busy busy world where we all multitask all day, they are needed.
  13. by   rnnurse2be
    I also need to say that our Hospital has a NO CELL PHONES ALOUD, thats fine and understandable. As I stated above. I have no probs turning mine off, or leaving the area to use it if necessary.

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