Facebook while on the clock? - page 5

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  redhead_NURSE98! profile page
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    I'd like to know where, so I can apply there, since they have enough free time to do this!
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  3. Visit  anotherone profile page
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    what do you around 3 am when there is nothing left to do, those rare , very very rare night shifts, no one to change , no issues , no completely disoriented pts to wake up ( questionable ethics?) for a bed bath, etc. i read all the pts i have charts from the beginning . if a coworker starts texting instead i do not care. if a visitor walks by and sees i do not care. we are all sitting there doing "nothing" anyway. this is a once in 7 months event where i work , some nights we are so busy that a visitor can stand at the desk for ten minutes and not see anyone.
  4. Visit  MatteyIce profile page
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    Quote from Esme12
    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.
    So you mean to tell me that if you catch someone tweeting or texting on THEIR cell phone you will discipline them??? Ouch... That's harsh... I'm a gadget junky, I couldn't imagine not being able to send out a text when I'm doing absolutely nothing... Now doing that on company equipment yea... I see the problem there... But my own stuff??? Nah... Pushing the evelope...
  5. Visit  Rose_Queen profile page
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    Quote from MatteyIce
    So you mean to tell me that if you catch someone tweeting or texting on THEIR cell phone you will discipline them??? Ouch... That's harsh... I'm a gadget junky, I couldn't imagine not being able to send out a text when I'm doing absolutely nothing... Now doing that on company equipment yea... I see the problem there... But my own stuff??? Nah... Pushing the evelope...
    If the hospital's policy expressly forbids the use of these things during the time they are paying you to work, then that is their right. If you don't like it, you can find a job where their policies match your expectations. I don't think expecting people to follow policy is harsh, and they were informed of policies and agreed to them in order to become an employee.
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  6. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    Quote from MatteyIce
    So you mean to tell me that if you catch someone tweeting or texting on THEIR cell phone you will discipline them??? Ouch... That's harsh... I'm a gadget junky, I couldn't imagine not being able to send out a text when I'm doing absolutely nothing... Now doing that on company equipment yea... I see the problem there... But my own stuff??? Nah... Pushing the envelope...
    I couldn't imagine not being able to send out a text when I'm doing absolutely nothing.
    Why.....I started this debate, I am curious as to why? Why can't you wait for your break? What is sooo important that it can't wait til lunch time? What is the urgency? What is this NEED....this addiction to be constantly in touch? I find it exhausting.

    If the policy states no........ then the answer is no. Just like in the "old days" we were not allowed "personal phone calls at work" did we make them....yes, on our breaks.

    I won't slam you the moment I see you, but if you make a habit....and yoiu have been informed, formally and informally, that the behavior needs to be limited/stopped.........then, I have no issue with progressive discipline plans for those who refuse to follow policy.....or.....after numerous warnings if "you" really can't be professional enough to be respectful of me and the policies of the facility "you" (not you but the collective you) can seek a better fit elsewhere.

    It is that simple.
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  7. Visit  ScarryBear,RN profile page
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    That was my point, the computers screens were facing the pt area in an Pediatric Cardiac ICU. The families could see what was going on. I understand everyone needs downtime, don't forget I am a nurse too, however I was giving my family perspective. If the screens were facing the other direction, I would have assumed that the staff was working. It was a difficult intense time in our family to see our baby laying there in bed with tubes. Family perception weighs a lot in their opinion of a family members care. If I sound defensive I don't mean to, I was just trying to give the view from the other side.
  8. Visit  SionainnRN profile page
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    I've got micromedex and epocrates on my phone, so I could be looking up a drug before giving it and you assume I'm texting of on fb? Not cool. If you have so much free time that you can monitor everyone's internet use, you may want to look at your actions first.
  9. Visit  redhead_NURSE98! profile page
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    Quote from SionainnRN
    I've got micromedex and epocrates on my phone, so I could be looking up a drug before giving it and you assume I'm texting of on fb? Not cool. If you have so much free time that you can monitor everyone's internet use, you may want to look at your actions first.
    When I worked as an extern someone else apparently had the time to monitor me, because I received a report at review time that I was texting at work, when all I used that thing for was med and lab lookups. So yes, they do assume you are texting. And the report remained anonymous to me so that I could not confront the person who reported me or discuss with anyone. For all I know it kept me from being employed on that unit as a nurse come graduation time, since I don't know which unit it was. And the hospital didn't even have a "phone use" policy at that time, so whatever I was doing, I wasn't violating a policy, but got reported anyway. If there's a policy against using a phone, then you need to decide whether your apps are worth it to you. If there's no policy, carry on and people can make their assumptions about the care you give. I'm sure some idiot thinks my Nortel phone that's the size of a modern cordless is my personal cell that I'm answering calls on while I'm in their room, when in reality other staff and patients are calling me.
  10. Visit  tainted1972 profile page
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    Before there were cell phones and internet. We used to spend our down time actually working on things like stocking and cleaning. There is always something that needs to be done. If you are being paid.. you should be working.
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  11. Visit  eatmysoxRN profile page
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    I'd have a lot of more stressful nights if I couldn't play Pandora on my phone for a few hours while I'm charting. It's low enough that even my coworkers don't notice it unless I start singing along. I use my 4G network and not my facility's wifi. It helps me and doesn't cause me to neglect patient care. I never post on any site while I'm working, although I browse Facebook occasionally. Even with a few thousand friends on Facebook, 2 am shows very few posts.

    ~ No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent -Eleanor Roosevelt ~
  12. Visit  itsnowornever profile page
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    Quote from tainted1972
    Before there were cell phones and internet. We used to spend our down time actually working on things like stocking and cleaning. There is always something that needs to be done. If you are being paid.. you should be working.
    Apparently one of my preceptors never got that memo. I spent 6 down hours stocking, making an ordering list and pre-prepping charts while she was yaking on the phone, sitting in an empty room watching TV and cleaning her purse. All while telling me "ill help you in a second"...then when night shift came she proudly stated "we are all stocked for you if there's a problem" to which I replied "Yup, and it took me half the darn day!" This is the same lady who EVERY time I work with her states "You never should have been hired here, you should have waiting for a MedSurg floor spot" and "if our current director was here when you were hired, he never would have hired you". She has also taken personal calls WHILE DOING A VAG EXAM!!!! Yup, because of this ONE person I can't wait to leave.
  13. Visit  BrandonLPN profile page
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    Putting aside the whole "surfing the net while on the clock" issue, I am really, really confused by the allure of stuff like Facebook and incessant texting. Who are you texting? Why do you suppose anyone cares about all the minutiae of your boring, boring, banal lives? Did you just eat an apple? Are you glad it's Friday? Is it snowing? Well, by God, you better post an update on Facebook telling all your "friends"!
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  14. Visit  Inori profile page
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    nope don't do it and its not allowed. I signed a document or two in my hiring package that i would use company computer only for company use, agree to not use cellphone on the job, no cameras etc. If you must do FB use your own equiptment aka your cell and do it descretly as in the bathroom or on lunch because company computer means they have right to monitor, log, store your information including passwords. So with that being said I check my phone before I enter building, at lunch and ocassionally during a very fast bathroom trip where its pee 30 secs, wash and text, FB, VM for the next 3-4 mins.

    My phone is equipt with better medical software then company computers but I do not use it to look up drugs, procedures exactly because anyone walking by will just see me using cell and report it as such. Still if i'm in a hurry need to know exactly how to reconsitute the drug and can't find it on company software I will go into an exam room close the door and lean on door so it can't be open while i check my drug guide on iphone.
    Last edit by Inori on Jan 12, '13


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