Facebook while on the clock? - page 4

by maureen924

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I am in my last semster and will graduate in December. During my clinical rotations, I have noticed many of the nurses, while on the clock, playing on the computer, checking their email and Facebook, booking vacations and such. I... Read More


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    I have seen people get fired for using FB while at work. It depends on the hospital policy. I personally don't do it, but I think we are all adults and should use our best judgement in these situations.
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    I love coming in after nurses who spend all day on facebook. Love it!
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    Quote from hherrn
    I agree it's a problem. Those freaking call bells go off whenever I try to update my status.
    In fact right now, some guy wants his pain meds.
    Lucky for me I have a 1/2 hour window in which to give them.
    Haha! That made my night!
    NutmeggeRN, anotherone, and VICEDRN like this.
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    At our hospital, Facebook is blocked on the network ... but that does not stop nurses from checking their phones. As long as work is done and patient care is completed and they are sleeping (esp at night), there is no harm I feel. Don't judge until you're a working nurse!
    anotherone likes this.
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    Some corporations have a software that know exactly when your browsing the net. They wont tell you util you're in trouble...so be careful.
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    Although I can access the internet from my workplace, access to websites such as Facebook, Ebay, and email accounts is denied. If I attempt to visit an unapproved website, IT has something in place to block access altogether.
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    I can tell you from many years of experience and working at many hospitals as a traveler, patient care is not any better because the hospital has facebook blocked.
    Last edit by flexiseal on Nov 7, '12 : Reason: desire
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    Quote from Esme12
    The work computers are for just that. Your employer has the right to know what you do with their equipment. If you check your personal e-mail at work they can see it as well.

    We have had a few discussions here on AN that this issue is discussed. You are at work and should be doing your work....We all know about "down time" but it is more than just "down time " these devices are being used.

    Recently......As my BIL was dying and needed breakthrough pain Rx......the nurse told my sister to "Wait a min" as they stood there finishing their text message.......there was more than one nurse who did this........my older sister and baby sister are nurses as well........Really people????

    I know....there was an emergency at home....they were checking on their kids, dog, parent, neighbor..... boyfriend. I know it was just for a minute. I know it is important, I know you are just looking something up......as you smile and giggle as you type for I always find medical research sites amusing.

    Am I annoyed...the answer is yes. The is a time and a place for this activity. The nurses station or standing at the med cart isn't one of them. I am trying to convince myself that it has become a bad habit and that they are unaware how inconsiderate they are...how unprofessional they appear to the casuual eye. That they are unaware how much and how long they are buried in thier devices.

    PLease Put the phone down when you are at work. OP as a new nurse develop good habits don't pick up the bad ones.

    It is respectful of your employer and the patients.

    Assume your boss can monitor any company-owned computer, PDA, or phone – and act on what they find. Deleted emails and computer files are not completely gone. If it was ever on your computer, it can still be found.

    They may find out personal things that it’s just not good for a boss to know. Or, they may take advantage of being able to spy on workers.
    I just want to add something to this. I was always one who was completely against use of phones at work. However, since starting my new job I was instructed by my manger to carry my phone so she can find me. I am also in constant communication with my doctor using text messages. But, I do let patients know that I am talking to my doc, whether they believe me or not is another story.
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    Quote from ShayRN
    I just want to add something to this. I was always one who was completely against use of phones at work. However, since starting my new job I was instructed by my manger to carry my phone so she can find me. I am also in constant communication with my doctor using text messages. But, I do let patients know that I am talking to my doc, whether they believe me or not is another story.
    That is an acceptable use of technology...however....it's the abuse of this technology that is offensive. As a manager.....I have no problem with technology but the texting/Facebooking/Twittering is against policy and grounds for disciplinary action if/when you get caught.
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    When I was working as a tech it would really drive me nuts to see nurses doing everything from shopping online to planning a wedding and looking for a house. One girl was looking for a car for a good hour and a half. They wouldn't blink when a call light was going off either. It was soo frustrating! I mentioned to my manager how the nurses would act when they were called on to help clean up a patient or you know...do their jobs..but she would defend her nurses to the death and say, "When you graduate, I want to see how you respond when you're trying to call the doctor, deal with this or that, and a tech wants to know why YOU can't get a patient a coke." I said, "it's not like that. I know the difference between a person being busy with work and a person who is on their 3rd break and eating cake, playing on their phone, etc. when I haven't even been to the bathroom yet!" I will never, ever be that nurse!


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