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  1. Visit  Vespertinas profile page
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    Quote from JeanOfAllTraits
    I use mine to look up translations... I love seeing the relief on the patient and family's faces when I can at least speak a small bit of their language!
    That reminds me.. I've done that too. It was awesome. But if my manager told me I had to stop, I wouldn't argue because I do have a translation service at my disposal.
  2. Visit  SleeepyRN profile page
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    I've used mine as a timer to remind me of tasks. I think people need to catch up with the times. Our facility allowed phones, and I never once abused that. I know others will, but I still see smart phones as very valuable tools without having to trek to the nurses station to look in a book or computer.
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  3. Visit  samadams8 profile page
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    Quote from Vespertinas
    Based on the numerous anecdotes that others have shared involving inappropriate cell phone use, I think it's apparent that cell phones cause a widespread problem. If cell phones did in fact prove a greater utility than it did a disturbance, then an argument could be made against a ban. But clearly it does cause a problem and one that is too great to be managed on a case-by-case basis. You think it's a better idea to just fire everyone who has at some point given into the temptation of using their phones for social purposes rather than avoiding that problem altogether and keeping a probably otherwise productive staff member?

    That's not scientific at all. Another problem in nursing. People and places, especially in nursing, tend to be reactionary more than anything else. The anecdotals here mean nothing in terms or reality, except that places don't care about being truly constructive over being punitive and reactionary. Do you see this as a problem with docs and nps or pas? It's BS. There plenty of utility w smart phones. I researched this with colleagues. Look at productivity of the individual in question, period.

    It's like guns. They don't kill people. It's the individual and how they use it. Same thing with smart phones and other kinds of good technology.

    This is a ridiculous argument to me.

    You don't have to stand around wondering why each person is using their device. You look at those that are unproductive and unsafe....same way you would look to how someone would be wasting time on a hospital computer and not attending to their patients.

    We use these devices in units all the time, and most people care enough about their pts to not waste time texting or on a device for no good reasons. The proof is I. Their work...and they won't last very long.
    Last edit by samadams8 on Mar 25, '13
  4. Visit  SaoirseRN profile page
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    I keep mine in my pocket and will check messages on breaks only. What I will do is use it for unit conversions, calculator, and looking up medications I'm not familiar with at my med cart so I don't have to go all the way back and log onto a computer -- if I can find one. If I'm using the phone in the view of patients or visitors I will tell them what I am doing. It's like someone else said - a computer in my pocket that also happens to be a phone. Could I manage without it? Yes. But it is useful and convenient.
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  5. Visit  samadams8 profile page
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    Quote from SaoirseRN
    I keep mine in my pocket and will check messages on breaks only. What I will do is use it for unit conversions, calculator, and looking up medications I'm not familiar with at my med cart so I don't have to go all the way back and log onto a computer -- if I can find one. If I'm using the phone in the view of patients or visitors I will tell them what I am doing. It's like someone else said - a computer in my pocket that also happens to be a phone. Could I manage without it? Yes. But it is useful and convenient.

    Right. The point is. You shouldn't have to, and proper use of smart technology increases efficiency. Myopic evaluations of people in and out of the orientation period, is a HUGE problem in nursing. There is already so much trouble with there being a major lack of objective approaches to nurse evaluation--both in and out of orientation periods. It is like my position that you cannot precept well if you don't have and use tools of objective evaluation. How can you assess a pt for, example, w/o striving for objective means of assessment and evaluation? We brag about assessment and evaluation as part of the nursing process, but we fail miserably in assessment and evaluation of new employee nurses, or even not so new nurses....b/c we don't strive for objectivity. Instead, we have come to rely on being reactionary; something we may not want in evaluating what's going on with patients. What is with this imbalance and dissimulation?
    Last edit by samadams8 on Mar 25, '13
  6. Visit  jmll1765 profile page
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    We don't have a cell phone policy but there is an unspoken rule that we aren't supposed use them at the desk or in front of patients. The nurses and CNAs all have hospital assigned phones that we carry during our shift so that we can find each other or the MD can reach us if need be. I'm pretty sure the phones are circa 1993, they are huge! You really can't carry them in your pocket so they are usually in view of the patient. We educate our patients on admission about the cell phones and reassure them that they aren't our personal phones. Our manager actually told us that we would eventually have iPhones and could chart on them...believe when I see it!
    Last edit by jmll1765 on Mar 26, '13 : Reason: added something
  7. Visit  amygarside profile page
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    it really depends on the hospital or medical facilities your are in. most are firm on the "no cellphone policy" so that nurses wont be distracted during work hours. however, as technology develops, the use of smartphones can really increase efficiency.

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