Using an iPad on the floor

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    I am a new LPN that will be starting my first nursing job next week. I'm starting this thread to hopefully get some feedback on people's opinions and experience with iPads on the floor. I have used mine extensively in nursing school and as an agency CNA. I have ADD, and my iPad really helps me stay focused and organized. If it doesn't make it into my iPad - it's probably not getting done, lol. I'm hopelessly lost without it. I'm concerned, though. I see iPads a lot on students, but not really with anyone else. I'm worried about: damage, infection control, the facility giving me a hard time due to HIPPA concerns, theft. Any tips on how other nurses use their iPads on the floor, the apps they use, how they keep it clean and safe - would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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    I've never seen them used on the floor with the exception of breaks. Is it possible for you to make a list and follow that when on the floor? My only concern is how management would view the use of the tablet as free time/play time, as well as peers.
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    I could use a list to some extent, but I use the iPad for so much more than that. I have all my drug and reference books on it, interaction checkers (which are priceless for checking new med orders), 3D anatomy models that patients with trachs use for identifying location and severity of pain. I'm also a diabetic, and I have my reminders set on that for checking my blood sugar and taking my shots. My boyfriend jokes that it's literally my brain, lol. It's a wifi only model, and no wifi at the facility I'll be working, so I doubt anyone would have much argument about me trying to use it for "playtime"...
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    You can play games on an iPadcwithout being connected to Wifi, so there could be people thinking you are playing games. The ability to take pictures might also be a concern. Also , what will,you do for,pts in isolation?
    TheCommuter likes this.
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    Not only management, but also the patients I find. Does the floor have access to computers or drug reference books? You may have to use the Ipad on break or set timers to go off when you're near a locker. My other concern is an Ipad is rather big, and if you leave it on the med cart, or outside an ISO room etc, it has the potential to be taken - especially when they're so high in demand. I have nursing apps on my BB Playbook, but I'm limited to what I can use it at work for.
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    Could you get an iPod Touch, and use that instead? It's a little more discreet. Plus you can transfer all the iPad data onto the iPod Touch.
    AngelicDarkness likes this.
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    I use mine to listen to music softly while I pass meds. But I don't think that's the kind of 'use' you meant.
    theleaf likes this.
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    Quote from AngelicDarkness
    Not only management, but also the patients I find. Does the floor have access to computers or drug reference books? You may have to use the Ipad on break or set timers to go off when you're near a locker. My other concern is an Ipad is rather big, and if you leave it on the med cart, or outside an ISO room etc, it has the potential to be taken - especially when they're so high in demand. I have nursing apps on my BB Playbook, but I'm limited to what I can use it at work for.
    I agree, it's rather big. What are your guys' solution to that? Hmm, maybe a custom made backpack or clipboard that fits the iPad?
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    Personal IPads are inappropriate in patient care settings unless you are on break or have personal downtime. You might give management and supervisory staff the impression that you are playing games or browsing the internet while on the clock.

    In addition, do not forget HIPAA, which is the white elephant in the room. I'm assured that management would not be too happy if they discovered you were typing personal patient information into your IPad.

    Obtain an old-fashioned legal pad or paper notebook and take notes to remain organized. Technology has a place in healthcare, but sometimes we need to return to our more humble roots. Good luck to you!
    theleaf, AngelicDarkness, Fiona59, and 3 others like this.
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    I would never see it at my current hospital-they're a bunch of technophobes around here. Seriously, we still paper chart.
    Fiona59 likes this.


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