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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,... Read More

  1. Visit  Hygiene Queen profile page
    #13 6
    Quote from maureen924
    booking vacations and such
    Who the heck is getting to take a vacation, let alone have time to book one?

    Quote from maureen924
    We all deserve a little down time, but at some point in time, someone needs to draw the line!
    So what should nurses being doing on their down time?

    I'm going to say it: if you are so keenly aware of what each and every nurse is doing in their down time, then maybe you aren't utilizing your time wisely in clinical?

    I have never met a nurse who put their down time before patient care.
    Maybe I've just been lucky.
    On the contrary, if you read through the many posts here on AN, you will find most nurses sacrifice their food time and their bathroom time to provide care.

    Please reserve judgement because you just don't know what it's really like yet.
  2. Visit  Esme12 profile page
    #14 4
    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.
    Monitoring Employee Social Media Activity in the Workplace
    A recent report suggests that by 2016, up to 60 percent of employers are expected to watch workers' social media use for security breaches. Currently, no specific laws govern the monitoring of an employee’s social media activity on a company’s computer (employers are on the lookout for unauthorized posting of company content – videos, documents, photos, etc.)Email, Phone and Social Media Monitoring in the Workplace €“ Know Your Rights as an Employer | SBA.gov
    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.
    Can My Boss Do That? | Computer Monitoring Your boss can monitor:
    • Internet use
    • Software downloads
    • Documents or files stored on your computer
    • What websites you visit and how long you stay
    • Anything that is displayed on your computer screen
    • How long you’re on your computer
    • How fast you type
    • If you type any key words from a list
    • E-mails (that you get or send). Emails can be read or automatically screened for certain words. Even if you are using a private email system on a work computer, those emails could be read.
    • Instant messaging and chatting

    Bosses say they monitor their employees’ computer because they’re worried about:
    • workers wasting time
    • bandwidth use (when large files are downloaded)
    • exposing their computer systems to viruses
    • making sure that employees do not share secret company information
    • making sure employees don’t send emails that harass another worker, prove discrimination, or could be a problem in a lawsuit
    Last edit by Esme12 on Nov 7, '12
  3. Visit  T-Bird78 profile page
    #15 2
    The last place I worked banned cell phones from being in your possession, it had to be locked in your locker. If it was a true emergency your family could call the office, but no cell phone. The nurse computers had internet blocked and the front desk computers had software monitoring on theirs so if someone did go online they knew what sites and if it was work-related or not. The providers had full access and one doctor in particular kept getting viruses on his computer--I think IT finally blocked his as well. If they're on a break then check Facebook on their phone, otherwise, put it down (except for urgent/emergency situations because life does happen). Cellphones give people a license to be rude and I can't stand it. I won't even go through the drive-through line while on my phone so that I'm not ignoring the cashier and so my caller doesn't know that I ordered the #5 with a Sprite.
  4. Visit  AgentBeast profile page
    #16 3
    I have a no Facebooking and no Tweetering policy. I have not and will not ever create an account on either site. I'm not that important that people care what I'm doing, and I don't think other people are so important that I need to follow all the goings on in their lives. If something is important enough for someone to tell me they can call me and if I have something important to tell someone else I'll call them. Life existed before these sites were around and life will exist after they enevitably go under.
  5. Visit  dirtyhippiegirl profile page
    #17 1
    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    So what should nurses being doing on their down time?
    Stocking the med room. Duh!
  6. Visit  PediLove2147 profile page
    #18 0
    I don't have time during the day to check FB but occasionally there is a slow night and I have some time to browse. I would never put it before patient care though. FB and most "entertainment" sites are banned at my work so I usually use my phone.
  7. Visit  RNJill profile page
    #19 0
    We can't access those sites at work (probably for the best in general), but I don't see anything wrong with spending a quick few minutes on a "fun" site IF everything is actually done...sometimes you just need a breather. But that doesn't happen very often at all!

    I think the thing that annoys me the most are the several people we have who are obviously reading decent amounts of Harlequin romances or the like during their shift and then whining about how busy it is/how we need more staff/how they just can't keep up with everything :***:Maybe if you read at home instead? LOL
  8. Visit  ScarryBear,RN profile page
    #20 2
    I was in a PCICU with my nephew after his open heart surgery. The nurses were on facebook, ordering christmas items, and various other non-medical related sites. I had my nursing "cap" off and my family "cap" on in this situation and felt very upset. I work and have worked in very stressful high intensity units in which I needed down time to blow off steam but I never let my families' see that I was doing something other than looking like I was doing hospital work. I understand that the nurse couldn't hover over his bed every second of the shift, and there is only so much cart stocking you can do but at very least give us the illusion of working. We as patients' family need to feel as you are spending every minute doing something medically related to feel secure and that you are treating our family as the most important person during you shift. The rational nursing side of me knows it is impossible to spend every moment concentrating on a patient without a break because we'll burn out but I think family deserve at very least the illusion.
  9. Visit  SDALPN profile page
    #21 3
    Oh, give me a break. We all need a quick mental break here and there. As long as it doesn't interrupt pt care, it's not a problem. My job has lots of downtime and I look at Facebook occasionally. I have even used it to find a funny picture to make a pt smile. It also helps me when I'm stressed out and see a post that makes me smile or laugh. Some people are just looking to cause trouble by complaining that another nurse took a min to look at Facebook. I don't get 15 min breaks and lunch beaks my job. But 1 min to look at Facebook is a good break for me. Why is it your business what other nurses are doing? As long as they are giving good care, leave them alone.
    Last edit by SDALPN on Nov 7, '12 : Reason: using phone and accidentally pressed post instead of clicking the line I was on
  10. Visit  jodlove profile page
    #22 3
    Trust me you will find out soon enough the busy shifts (when you don't eat,pee, or even have time to think) will more than make up for the few slow shifts when you can relax and surf the Internet a little. It's way too early for you to judge!
  11. Visit  anotherone profile page
    #23 1
    Quote from ScarryBear,RN
    I was in a PCICU with my nephew after his open heart surgery. The nurses were on facebook, ordering christmas items, and various other non-medical related sites. I had my nursing "cap" off and my family "cap" on in this situation and felt very upset. I work and have worked in very stressful high intensity units in which I needed down time to blow off steam but I never let my families' see that I was doing something other than looking like I was doing hospital work. I understand that the nurse couldn't hover over his bed every second of the shift, and there is only so much cart stocking you can do but at very least give us the illusion of working. We as patients' family need to feel as you are spending every minute doing something medically related to feel secure and that you are treating our family as the most important person during you shift. The rational nursing side of me knows it is impossible to spend every moment concentrating on a patient without a break because we'll burn out but I think family deserve at very least the illusion.
    I dont think so. if pt is neglected that is one thing or to go online on facebook etc in a computer in front of pt etc but if a nurse is online and a family memeber sees that i would not carr in the least. this is like the units that do not have chairs or a nurses station so visitors have aan illusion that staff is working.
  12. Visit  Rnandsoccermom profile page
    #24 3
    I would be really careful with this for two reasons:

    1. You could be accused of "stealing time while on the clock". It is not job related and they will have proof.

    2. If you ever get named in a lawsuit your character, integrity and professionalism will get called into question for not doing your job while you were on facebook at work. Again, they can prove it.

    Food for thought.
  13. Visit  LPNnowRNhopefull profile page
    #25 2
    I agree with Rnandsoccermom! Simply do not do it!

    The job deserves to have 100% of your attention and responsiveness while on the clock. My employer will not tolerate it.

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