Should nurses be able to listen to music at work? - page 4

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   canoehead
    Quote from 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
    Can you not talk to your officemate and negotiate the issue? Agree on quiet hours, ask them to wear headphones for a couple hours in the afternoon? Maybe its not a dealbreaker for them but it surely is for you.
  2. by   CKPM2RN
    Quote from applewhitern
    It drives me insane when someone either plays music, or sings/hums when I'm working. Of course, I work in an ICU and need to be attentive at all times. The humming irritates me badly! When someone is humming while presumably working, I think they must not have a thought in their head! Drives me crazy.
    Ah crap, I hum while I'm working and don't realize it. It seems to be part of my concentration. But at least we will never work together because I think we are miles apart and in different disciplines. ;-)
  3. by   sevensonnets
    My policy is no music on the unit because we are not here to be entertained.
  4. by   Leader25
    Music does sooth the beast(ie the beast of stress etc.) We only play pleasant radio stations, one that everyone likes, from the computer we can select very nice easy listening which patients and family enjoy.It is played softly and lowered during consults etc.I could never survive a day without something nice to listen to,we even sing along.
  5. by   Davey Do
    Quote from Ruby Vee
    Your music would drive me stark raving bonkers. More noise pollution on top of the beeps and bongs and shrieking of alarms, demented patients and entitled family members. I probably would not complain to you about it, but I'd be stressed out and cranky if I couldn't take myself far enough away from you that I couldn't hear it. If we had side-by-side patients in the ICU, it would be very uncomfortable.
    Maybe you and I, Ruby Vee, could dance to the music of...

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  6. by   traumaRUs
    Quote from canoehead
    Can you not talk to your officemate and negotiate the issue? Agree on quiet hours, ask them to wear headphones for a couple hours in the afternoon? Maybe its not a dealbreaker for them but it surely is for you.
    Unfortunately, there is not only my cubicle-mate but in the adjoining cubicle another nurse who plays music all day too. Headphones are a great idea but we have to answer the phone too.

    I am just not a music person...
  7. by   ohiobobcat
    When I worked in the ER, we used to "steal" a radio from the ICU and play it on the local "Playing the hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today!!" radio station. The ICU would take the radio back if a patient wanted to listen to music. So I ended up going out and buying a radio. The crew I worked with enjoyed having music playing in the background when we sat at the computer and charted. It wasn't loud, and I don't think you could even hear it in the patient room that was directly across from the nurse's station. But we all liked having music on while we worked.

    Now I work as a school nurse. I have a little bluetooth speaker on my desk and I listen to music all the time. Otherwise I get to listen to the hum of the lights and the ticking of the second hand on the clock.
  8. by   Farawyn
    In an office, like a triage room? Sure. I play music at school.

    In the hospital, nah.
  9. by   Crystal-Wings
    Quote from Lennonninja
    I loved playing music at the bedside in the ICU whenever possible. I would ask families what the patient liked to listen to, and for bath time I would find a station on my Amazon Music app on my phone that coincided with the patient's preferences and play that. I cared for extremely high acuity patients in the ICU, and my brain works well when combining music with my detail oriented work. Our tvs also had a relaxation station that played classical and relaxing music along with nice scenery and I played it for my patients most of the time. If I were the patient, I would much prefer to hear music rather than all of the beeps and alarms in the ICU.
    Did any of the families ever say "He/she loves heavy metal!" ? ๐Ÿ˜‚
  10. by   Irish_Mist
    Quote from Ruby Vee
    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.
    I am thinking back to some study that I read about where music is played for ICU patients which was why I made my observation.

    I agree with your thought. If the music is annoying to others, turn it off or keep one ear bud in your ear so YOU (generic you) can hear it but not the whole world.
  11. by   vintagemother
    I listen to music when I can at work. Either with just 1 headphone in or turned down super low. I turn it off if other nurses are near me. It soothes me and helps me focus. ADD perhaps I am? ๐Ÿ˜Ž
  12. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from sevensonnets
    My policy is no music on the unit because we are not here to be entertained.
    YES!!!! THIS!!!
  13. by   brandy1017
    I don't see anything wrong with a little music at the nurse station. It helps relax me and lower my stress level from all the alarms etc. It doesn't distract me from doing my job. We usually play pop or country and keep it low so it doesn't bother the patients.

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