Facebook while on the clock?

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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 know I am naive and I am new and excited to finally be in the role of a nurse, but if there is enough time to be playing on the computer, there shouldn't be any patient complaints about the quality of care they are receiving. Is this a problem across the board or just in my neck of the woods? We all deserve a little down time, but at some point in time, someone needs to draw the line!
    mariebailey, LexRaven, kakamegamama, and 1 other like this.
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    Where I work you can't get access to social websites like FB but you can get online. I see it a bit on my floor but not that much.When it does happen it's when it is quiet or someone is ona break.
    joanna73 likes this.
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    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.
    blackvans1234, Altra, medicmatt44, and 37 others like this.
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    Almost all of the nurses I work with, myself included, do it occasionally. We do it when all patient care and general unit needs are attended to. Some nurses prioritize it over work. Really this is just one nurse I can think of, but 3 aids. This is when it's a problem.
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    I think there's no harm in taking a little break to think about something other than work, as long as it doesn't take priority over patient care. The problem a lot of other people don't realize is that some hospital systems have crazy tight internet security and can literally see everything your do and everywhere you go. I personally don't want my hospital to even know that i have a facebook account - so i'm very strict about not checking that at work. Sure, i've done things like check the weather report, read a news article, check allnurses, or looked up a recipe so i buy the right things for dinner on my way home, but i'm always pretty careful about what i'm looking at.
    Teacup Pom, not.done.yet, sdugan07, and 7 others like this.
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    it is obvious you dont completely know what patients complain about. they complain about not enough pain meds, the food , being awoken for vitals and assessments, wait times for testing , etc. when at 3 am coworkers are texting or online i do not care at all. unless bells are going off etc. that has never been a problem with a rn or lpn on my floor. actually working nights, many pts complain about being awoken to be assessed, vitals etc.
    brandy1017, DSkelton711, joanna73, and 5 others like this.
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    Occasionally, someone will check FB on their phone, but I don't see it too often on night shift. It's usually during someone's break or during some slow time.
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    I don't have fb but I do check my email and other things on my lunch break. Usually I have a heavy assignment because I'm a float nurse so I barely get a chance to use the bathroom let alone check the Internet.
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    They are similar in size and shape to what is on my 94 f150.
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    We can't access social media at work, but I will take a peek when I'm on break. I will look at the Internet when it's slw or I'm eating lunch. I mostly look at news sites or stuff related to my BSN program.


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