Facebook while on the clock? - page 3

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  Nurserton profile page
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    Some places have firewalls to block sites, some don't. As long as your work is done, who cares? I do agree that you shouldn't be blatant with it in front of families, it's unprofessional. So when they come out of the room I usually toggle to my e-chart on the monitor and greet them You do, however, need to be sensitive to families of a critically ill patient who are under much duress already.
    When I worked the floor, I never had time to surf the net, though we could. In the neuro ICU, with a lower pt ratio, you might have some really easy walkie talkie SAH pts that have to stay in the ICU for 10-14 days because they're high risk for vasospasm or something...you could have someone really easy, have a great night, then they go south the next night and have a super crazy busy night. Like everyone else said, you take the nights you have time to do that extra stuff as a blessing and retribution for the nights you give 200% of yourself and don't eat, sit, chart, or pee until 7:00.
    decembergrad2011 likes this.
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  3. Visit  Always_Learning profile page
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    I've always wondered if updating Facebook while on the clock could be called into play if a legal situation arose. For instance, patient dies (unrelated to care issues), but family is angry, says care was inadequate. Could the nurse's Facebook/social media posts be subpoenaed...as in, "See??? They weren't focused on care; they were posting on Facebook?"

    Just curious. It's enough to make me avoid it.
  4. Visit  ArrowRN profile page
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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.

    Give pain meds or update my status...u kidding right? lol
  5. Visit  nurseladybug12 profile page
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    I think that some of the previous posters are way off base when they say it is ok to look on facebook during down time. I think it is unprofessional to be on your cell phone at work and even more unprofessional to be "browsing the web" or on facebook at work. The OP is a student and has noticed this.... so it must be quite obvious. I am sure she is not prying into other peoples' business. If it is obvious to her it is obvious to patient's families that walk by and see it as well. If I were visiting someone in the hospital and saw all the staff on facebook I would think negatively of their professionalism and question the care that was truly being provided...wouldn't we all? Every job I have ever worked at, even Dunkin Donuts didnt allow cell phone use because it is unprofessional and there is always something to do. If you are a manager you know there is always something to be done and that you can find something for everyone to do. I also remember a time when I was in the ER with my fiance, and we could see the nurse aid at the nursing station shopping for mirrors online. We also had noticed the manager walking behind her also watching her not working, then ask her to clean a few rooms. The nurse aid lied to her and said she had just gotten there...when we knew and the manager knew she had been there a good 30 minutes looking at mirrors. So people do neglect their work and are lazy. I absolutely cannot stand watching people at work hunched over in the corner on the cells looking at their emails or on facebook. People barely communicate with the people in the same room with them anymore, it is always the cell. Breaks are a different story.
  6. Visit  angel337 profile page
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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.
  7. Visit  Orange Tree profile page
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    I love coming in after nurses who spend all day on facebook. Love it!
  8. Visit  Butterfly6890 profile page
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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.
  9. Visit  PacoUSA profile page
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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.
  10. Visit  marcos9999 profile page
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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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  11. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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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.
  12. Visit  wanderlust99 profile page
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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 wanderlust99 on Nov 7, '12 : Reason: desire
    wooh and anotherone like this.
  13. Visit  ShayRN profile page
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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.
  14. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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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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