Irony regarding cellphone use at work - page 3

Our unit got another one of our periodic reminders to quit looking at our phones at work. So, my last shift I made a concerted effort to comply. Yes, I'm as guilty as the whippersnappers! What do... Read More

  1. by   foggnm
    Quote from marylou5
    OMG. Agree totally!! Use of private cell phones by too many nurses/cnas etc..is horrendous..... not only in plain sight of everyone, but in Pt. rooms, or hiding in Pt bathrooms, or stairwells while patients, MDs are left unattended. Time spent on private telephone calls is stealing time meant for patient care.
    I agree that professionalism is important but work is a huge part of life and having strict rules about phones, internet, facebook, socializing, or whatever really can lead to a very oppressive work environment. When I worked in the ER, I would see about everyone logged in to Facebook wasting time. As someone that doesn't use FB, I found it odd and an unnecessary distraction. But I could also say that having a friendly conversation with your coworker is also not 'work' and a waste. But are we going to cut out talking to our friends and coworkers as well? I think it makes more sense to train staff on professionalism and customer service rather than micromanage every little behavior.
  2. by   marylou5
    Agree..oldpsychnurse..
    I, personally, would not permit any cell phone use in the building.
    Zero tolerance..problem solved!
  3. by   CalArmy
    Let's sing it together: "Isn't it ironic....don't ya think?"
  4. by   Guttercat
    I do not carry a smartphone. I carry an old-school flip-phone. Problem avoided. I can still receive texts while at work, but that's it.
  5. by   AngelKissed857
    Just another point of view- I wear hearing aids that are controlled on bmy phone. No other way to control them. If there are a ton of alarms going off, I MUSR adjust. If it's quiet, and my pt is essay down there, I need to adjust. Hearing aids are technologically amazing these days. So please be kind, you never know why someone does something. And yes, my mgr and colleagues know about it.
  6. by   blondy2061h
    Quote from AngelKissed857
    Just another point of view- I wear hearing aids that are controlled on bmy phone. No other way to control them. If there are a ton of alarms going off, I MUSR adjust. If it's quiet, and my pt is essay down there, I need to adjust. Hearing aids are technologically amazing these days. So please be kind, you never know why someone does something. And yes, my mgr and colleagues know about it.
    I use a Dexcom continuous glucose monitor that sends the readings to my phone. My phone is my only display for it. I need my phone to see my continuous glucose readings. There are certainly legitimate reasons people need their phones on them.
  7. by   TriciaJ
    Quote from RiskManager
    I have had problems with staff using their cellphones to take pictures of the chart as displayed on the monitor, for purposes of breaching privacy. I had to write a 'don't do that' policy. There have been some reported cases on this throughout the country, some of which involved celebrities and staff selling the celebrities medical information to the media.
    That should be instant termination.
  8. by   TriciaJ
    Quote from TheMoonisMyLantern
    That's a big assumption saying that the facility provides all the reference materials needed.
    Like the chronically walking away drug reference books.
  9. by   Farawyn
    What BDTD said.

    Please, there are enough computers around. Plus pharmacy. Plus actual paper bound books in reference.

    I love my cell phone. I rarely use it for anything even remotely work related.
  10. by   FNPtobe2020
    Personally, I find communication from management via text to be highly unprofessional ESPECIALLY since they don't want you using your cellphone while on duty.
  11. by   IsabelK
    I carry two phones all the time: my personal phone which I put on silent. I use it for references like Omnio and the Merck Manual. My company provides work cell phones which we are required to carry. It's the number we give to staff, families, etc. it's also one of the ways I can see the on call logs, email, and other company related things. There are legitimate reasons to use a cell phone at work. Texting to make social plans, Facebook, etc doesn't count as legitimate.
  12. by   MikeyT-c-IV
    I can see both sides of the coin. I managed an inpatient department at one time and I needed to advise a small percentage of the staff to refrain from using their personal cell phone at the station. Overall, I found that most staff were compliant and rarely was this an issue. I think adults should be treated as adults and I also realize that while at work, life outside of the hospital does not stop. As this is the case with any job.

    In my current role, I do have an office with a phone but I may not be in that office for 8 or 10 hours at a time. If a family member needed to contact me I wouldn't know it for hours without my phone. Mind you I can't stand talking or playing on my phone. I look at my phone as rarely as possible.

    One tool that helps is my smartwatch. If a text or phone call comes in I can simply look at my wrist to see what is going on. I find this more professional and less time consuming that actually pulling out my cell phone in front of my patient or co-worker and risk looking like a jerk.
  13. by   NurseNeLz
    Sometimes I look up things on my phone, use the calculator etc. The doctors are on their phone 24/7 and no one has a problem with it. I feel in the nursing proffession we are treated like children instead of professionals. If you see someone is excessively on their phone and it is showing through their work then maybe it needs to be addressed. Otherwise stop micromanaging and let us do our jobs without focusing on the small stuff.

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