Should nurses be able to listen to music at work? - page 3

On numerous occasions, I've observed nurses playing music from their computers. Some of them are managers, which doesn't necessarily concern me since they aren't directly caring for patients. ... Read More

  1. by   traumaRUs
    I just changed job and work in a small office part of the time. My cubicle-mate (we are within 3 feet of each other) has a radio on the entire day. I find it very difficult to concentrate let alone talk on the phone (which is part of my job).

    I'm truly ready to quit over the issue.

    When i worked my entire day in the ED, we ran around way too much to listen to music plus there was always something else going on....
  2. by   Julius Seizure
    I frequently used to play piano and soft jazz music in the rooms of my infants who had no family present. A lot of nurses thought it was weird (mostly due to the genre of music)...but my babies slept better than anybody elses.
  3. by   kakamegamama
    My thought went to the song "Rockin' Robin", upon reading klone's question.....now I can't get that song out of my head.....
  4. by   Lexi McDonough
    Only in when no patients can see you. For example, I used to play music on a low volume while bathing patients that were sedated (mostly vents).

    It unprofessional to listen to music in view of patients. Your patients want you to be listening for alarms and paying attention in general. Its just a bad image!
  5. by   Crush
    Quote from Davey Do
    I play a soft jazz station on the radio while I'm passing meds. I'll play soft classical music while working the floor or sitting on a 1:1.

    I've never had any complaints from anybody, the patients seem to like it, and it keeps my right brain occupied so my left brain is in charge.

    Ambient music only!
    Same here. I have also had patient's ask to listen to music or nature sounds and I am happy to honor requests too.

    However, it all depends on the setting too. In ICU, no music as I must be able to hear any alarms, etc. At the nurses desk, only after asking if it will bother anyone.
    Last edit by Crush on Feb 11
  6. by   Irish_Mist
    Quote from RockinNurse2018
    On numerous occasions, I've observed nurses playing music from their computers. Some of them are managers, which doesn't necessarily concern me since they aren't directly caring for patients. However, the other night, I noticed an ICU nurse playing music. The patient they were monitoring was obviously severely ill...on ECMO, CRRT, ventilator, many drips, tube feedings, etc. This did not seem safe to me, as music can be a distraction and with very critical patients, you need to be on top of all things at all times. What are your thoughts?
    If it is soothing music like classical or jazz, it might actually be comforting to the patient. My thought is as long as it isn't loud and obnoxious, it shouldn't be a problem.
  7. by   hawaiicarl
    If background music distracts an ICU nurse from doing their care they are in the wrong profession. Seriously .... monitor alarms, annoying families, empty IV bags, BP in the 50s, irritating coworkers wanting to gossip now these are distracting.

    As an amusing side note we have a CV surgeon who demands that "Hot Girls" by INXS is played every time he closes, it is seriously hideous, but it is his good luck charm.

    Cheers
  8. by   chacha82
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  9. by   MunoRN
    While there certainly can be an issue with a nurse wearing headphones that make then unable to hear what's going on around them, adding some music to the all the truly distracting sounds has been shown to actually improve performance. Keep in mind the ICU is not a place that is free from distracting sounds to begin with, monitor fatigue is a known issue as it is. Augmented that din of sounds with more pleasant sounds actually reduces the adverse effects of the unpleasant sounds on the ability to think clearly and efficiently.
  10. by   nrsang97
    When I worked neuro ICU we frequently had the music favorites play on the patient's TV when doing a bath or even if we weren't in the room. It was nice. I had no problem with it. Now between calls in my office I listen to my pandora on my phone and have it low so I can hear all over head pages.
  11. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from Irish_Mist
    If it is soothing music like classical or jazz, it might actually be comforting to the patient. My thought is as long as it isn't loud and obnoxious, it shouldn't be a problem.
    Jazz is not soothing to some of us. It's irritating. My thought is if the music is irritating your patient or your coworker, you ought to turn it off. No argument. Just turn it off.
  12. by   traumaRUs
    I'm in a new position and have a contract so can't leave. However, the music all day drives me crazy. I'm not a music person and its rude IMHO to have it playing in a common office
  13. by   Sour Lemon
    Background music while I'm working feels like someone whispering numbers in my ear while I'm trying to do math problems. I can't plug my ears while I'm typing, but I often have to plug them up so that I can proofread what I've written. I actually love my coworkers, so I don't complain ...but if their devices broke, I would shed no tears.

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