What is it with nurses and cell phones? Just a vent. - page 26
Recently my hospital has upgraded or introduced multiple new computer programs that have required almost every level of nurse from bedside to administration to attend class in order to use the new... Read More
Dec 17, '12Cell phones give people a license to be rude. Period. I worked in an office that forbid cell phones being on you at all. They had to be locked in your locker except during your lunch. If someone needs you they call the office number, end of story. People need to remember that the person in front of them is their focus, not the phone.
Dec 17, '12Quote from T-Bird78You are right. Honestly though, people give themselves a license to be rude, not a phone. The phone can't help that some people don't have a thing called professionalism and self-control.Cell phones give people a license to be rude. Period. I worked in an office that forbid cell phones being on you at all. They had to be locked in your locker except during your lunch. If someone needs you they call the office number, end of story. People need to remember that the person in front of them is their focus, not the phone.
Phones can be used in appropriate ways and settings, or they can be used inappropriately. It the user that makes that call.
Jan 24, '14I used to have a colleague who would text on her cell phone while using the Pyxis ... SERIOUSLY??
Although I hate seeing nurses constantly text while on the floor and at the nurses station, I admit I have my phone on me too but I only look at it when all my other work is done. If I get a text or a call, I respond to it when I am free, I don't need to respond right away. The nurses I am talking about are constantly on the phone texting incessantly while doing their work. If they are charting, they immediately stop the second a text comes in. I finish charting and then answer a phone or text. It's called priorities and courtesy. No one needs to be tethered to a cell phone 24/7. Five minutes lag to respond to an incoming message or call will not destroy the world.
Also, if I see you texting on the phone at the nurses station and I need help with a patient, I have to assume that you are free to help and I will call you out on it. We are getting paid to team work and get the job done, not to text. The world does not end if you stop texting midway. If there is a code blue, do you wait to finish your text before responding with compressions or the code cart? God, you better not be working with me if you answer 'yes' ...
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Jan 24, '14What I haven't seen mentioned are the cameras and recording capabilities of cell phones, etc. For that reason alone there should be a total ban on them in any healthcare arena. There is no other way to prevent people from violating patient privacy, which makes the news routinely: protected information appears on social media daily. Aside from that I feel assaulted when I have to listen to people talking on cell phones. I agree with BlueDevil as well- and I'd take it one step further by clearly stating that any cell phone or recording device or whatnot used in an exam room will terminate the visit, but not the office charges. People just don't get it.