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Facebook while on the clock?

  1. 4 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!
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  3. Visit  loriangel14 profile page
    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.
  4. Visit  hherrn profile page
    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 36 others like this.
  5. Visit  blondy2061h profile page
    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.
    anotherone, turnforthenurse, and JDZ344 like this.
  6. Visit  Flare profile page
    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.
  7. Visit  anotherone profile page
    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.
  8. Visit  RainMom profile page
    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.
  9. Visit  DoeRN profile page
    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.
  10. Visit  hherrn profile page
    They are similar in size and shape to what is on my 94 f150.
  11. Visit  Aurora77 profile page
    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.
  12. Visit  BrandonLPN profile page
    Most nurses have down time, along with a generous helping of insane-crazy time, during the shift. It's the nature of the job. I don't see the difference between browsing the Internet or reading a magazine or chatting quietly.
    Aurora77, 7feetunder, KelRN215, and 3 others like this.
  13. Visit  blondy2061h profile page
    It's funny because I have no problem with my boss seeing my shiny clean Facebook, but I'd really rather she not see my Allnurses posts.
  14. Visit  RNperdiem profile page
    Non-work related computer stuff is something I avoid at work. I save that for after work.
    Some of the other nurses I work with do some browsing around at work. Smartphones are the usual source for Facebook since the hospital blocks the site.
    As long as nobody else needs help, the patients are cared for, and the nurse is discreet, I am fine with my coworkers looking at Facebook.
    For example, there was a nurse precepting a new nurse on his last day of orientation. This was a very experienced nurse who did not need his preceptor by his side every minute. The census was low, the pace slow and the rest of us had plenty of time to sit around.
    anotherone likes this.

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