Walkie Talkies on Your Unit? - page 2

...or some other staff-to-staff communication device? My sis recently started working an ED that uses shoulder-mounted walkie-talkies (a la cops). I have to say, I'm so jealous! I spend so... Read More

  1. by   jenrninmi
    I miss the phones we used in med/surg. Our phones could answer call lights (for your patients), it's easy to get help in a room if you need it instead of leaving the room to get help, I liked it a lot. Where I'm at now, we just use pagers. Sure, we know when our patients use their call light because it goes to our pagers, but I have no idea what they want until I go in their rooms. What good does that do?
  2. by   AngelfireRN
    :angryfireWe used them (walkies and telephones) in 2 hospitals I worked at ( I was agency). I absolutely hated them! To me, there is nothing that says more to a patient "You don't matter." that answering the phone while trying to take care of them. Then, it never failed, every time I'd tell the dinklepuss secretary that i was tied up, the next time the call light went off, right back she would call. If you turned the phones off so you could get some peace, they'd either hunt you down or have a new phone waiting for you at the desk when you came out of the room, because "yours isn't working".
    With the walkies, if you left yours on your med cart, you'd come back to find a sticky on it, "put in pocket".
    Absolutely pointless.
  3. by   NursingAgainstdaOdds
    Yeah ... well, I share the genuine hatred of the cordless phones. We use them now, and it's not very helpful for reasons I mentioned and others as well. I still think walkies are a good idea.
  4. by   NursingAgainstdaOdds
    Also, I'm really not concerned with "looking like I work at McDonald's". I want a better way to communicate with my co-workers and find people when I need them. As it stands now, I can barely find our aides, and usually people working on the same unit don't even know when someone else is in a difficult or unsafe situation.
  5. by   JBudd
    Our new ER so spread out that charge has to carry a phone. If I'm at one end, and the radio goes off, they have be able to call me so I can assign the appropriate room. Its too heavy, and I just don't answer it if I'm in with a patient, I can look at the caller ID and know who to call back.
  6. by   mshultz
    When I saw this thread title, I thought it was r/t patients who were ambulatory and communicative
  7. by   ASSEDO
    I feel the same way about a beeper. I hate them! The only thing they are good for is to have someone beep you during a meeting, so you can make your excuse and leave. However, a nursing instructor may need a headset if she has students located all over the hospital.
  8. by   healinghearts84
    we have cordless phones assigned to us each day. its very convenient for patient care because we can just hook them on our pockets and go. however, it gets quite annoying because at any one time doctors could be returning pages, lab could be calling about a critical value, diagnostic techs, pt. families etc. especially since you have to excuse yourself because of hippa. i usually don't use my phone that much since i work the night shift, but sometimes when the mornings start picking up, i want to chuck it at the wall.
  9. by   HM2VikingRN
    I saw nurses and aides using the Vocera system. It looked like a fairly user friendly system.

    I work in a forensic facility where we wear "cop" radios for ICS reasons. They do work well but I think that they are very heavy. We don't have earpieces so we clip the mic next to our ears.
  10. by   jenrninmi
    Quote from HM2Viking
    I saw nurses and aides using the Vocera system. It looked like a fairly user friendly system.

    I work in a forensic facility where we wear "cop" radios for ICS reasons. They do work well but I think that they are very heavy. We don't have earpieces so we clip the mic next to our ears.
    Our hospital will be getting Vocera within the next couple of months.
  11. by   teeituptom
    Quote from TooterIA
    Hope I never have to work with you. What do you do if these people come up to you IRL? Walk away? Wow.
    Jessica
    Nah, because of my age I just blame it on my old vision, and my hearing loss, both highly selective. Perfected this technique on my 7 kids. If they mentioned money or car or anything else, I never heard it.
  12. by   CrispyRN
    We have "Vocera" where I work, a kinda walkie talkie. Pros: find someone easily, communicate with difference departments with ease. Cons: voice recognition, finds you during lunch and bath room breaks! Enough said! Ours does not have an earpiece, but needs one for Hippa!
  13. by   casi
    Our hospital uses the Vocera too. We don't use it at night on our unit, but from what I've seen of it it seems rather effecitve, well except when you call respiratory therapy and get an RT at a sister hospital 10miles away... The one thing that I like is you don't have to answer it if you are in the middle of something and the person calling you can leave a message.

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