What is it with nurses and cell phones? Just a vent. - page 22

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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 technology. I have assisted in... Read More


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    Quote from caroladybelle
    Given that I am the one that usually is asked and generally relents to changing my schedule (inconveniencing me and mine) or picks up when they have to leave early.

    Thus how they choose to behave, raise children, and how it affects work does affect me. You do not have to like my opinion. It is a bitter one for many to swallow. It is judgemental, just as many of the posters are. We have people that believe forbidding cell phones is old fashioned, others that find them unnecessary. We have some complaining that those of us requiring responsible behavior are not "compassionate" enough. And others that are tired of compassion always being one sided and no care given to those who sacrifice to behave responsibly.

    I think that we all seek responsible and mannerly behavior, but have different ideas of what that is. I see cells as inconveniencing those around you, and others do not.
    I've been in the same situation, and it sucks. People like that are part of the reason mothers are discriminated against in the work force.

    Don't get me wrong, when I could I tried to help them out, covering a shift or staying over when it wasn't my turn. What killed me were the moms who acted like special treatment was owed to them.

    If I've covered for you 50+ times, don't be a jerk to me the one time when I can't!
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    Wow - this thread really blew up! I've only read some of the responses but am of the mind that we should be able to be present to others in the work environment for the time we're being paid to do so. Do what you like when you're on break or when you go home. I don't see it much different than the previous generally agreed-upon 'no no' of taking non-emergent personal calls at work. /shrug

    In my current facility, we have a 'no phone' rule. Phones go in lockers, only to be out during your break off the floor. We are supposed to log in and use facility-approved med guides, protocols and drug calculators if online resources are needed during the shift. If your phone is discovered on your person while you're on the floor (considered a 'patient care area'), you are disciplined. If it happens again, you are terminated and marked 'not for rehire'. Since we have cameras everywhere, numerous folks have been nailed for texting in the med or supply rooms. I think it's silly to let conversational texts cost you a job, but I gather from this thread that others feel differently. Different strokes for different folks, but don't be surprised when other facilities begin to follow suit and this becomes part of the code of conduct.
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    Quote from Spidey's mom


    If spouse is not good at emergencies, why not sit down and teach spouse how to handle emergencies? It's pretty important, in my opinion.

    ABC and call 911.
    Not lying here. Not saying this just for effect.

    What does it say about them that their spouses can not handle emergencies?

    We are nurses. One of our roles is to educate. Why not educate them? If someone you live and sleep with can't learn from you, how do patients you see during little windows of time during the day take to your attempts to educate?

    This is, of course, assuming they get off the cell long enough to actually provide the education.
    Last edit by PennyWise on Sep 11, '12
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    Can you start a poll mid-thread?

    I want to start a poll. We can even make friendly bets on the outcome.

    Question: How many of us think, when the cell abusers are at home, its the same story in reverse? They are constantly on the phone, telling everyone to be quiet and stop bothering them because they have to handle some "emergency" work called with or a friend is going through.

    Here, I'll make to poll now.

    O Click here if you say its the same story at home.

    O Click here if you think they are happy and put the phone away at home.
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    I am at home, and my cell is not even charged. It's used when I amount of the house. So, when you assume, just remember what assumptions do.
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    Quote from LCinTraining
    I am at home, and my cell is not even charged. It's used when I amount of the house. So, when you assume, just remember what assumptions do.
    Obviously sent from a cell phone............usually the spelling errors are harder to pick up on the cell phone's smaller screen.

    Thats one vote for "its the same story at home".

    Wooot Wot. 1-0.
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    And you are again wrong. . Computers come with auto correct as well. I may not always spell check a forum post. I'm not at work, and so I am not as meticulous in my leisure writing. So forgive me if I may not be as perfect as you seem to be. However, this is evidence that Internet culture will not change. When one does not like the direction of a debate, negate the entire post by pointing out a spelling error magically makes you right. Oh wait. It doesn't.
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Sep 13, '12 : Reason: ToS--removed profanity
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    Quote from amarilla
    In my current facility, we have a 'no phone' rule. Phones go in lockers, only to be out during your break off the floor. We are supposed to log in and use facility-approved med guides, protocols and drug calculators if online resources are needed during the shift. If your phone is discovered on your person while you're on the floor (considered a 'patient care area'), you are disciplined. If it happens again, you are terminated and marked 'not for rehire'. Since we have cameras everywhere, numerous folks have been nailed for texting in the med or supply rooms. I think it's silly to let conversational texts cost you a job, but I gather from this thread that others feel differently. Different strokes for different folks, but don't be surprised when other facilities begin to follow suit and this becomes part of the code of conduct.

    I think its ridiculous to have to lock up your cell. I have so much stuff on my iphone. Some of the stuff was required for school. Love my iPad, but it's too worrisome to carry it around in the hospital. Can't put it in my pocket. Don't know if the new, small iPad would fit?

    Just b/c some folks are idiots does not mean people should be penalized for having smart devices.
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    Quote from LCinTraining
    And you are again wrong. Computers come with auto correct as well. I may not always spell check a forum post. I'm not at work, and so I am not as meticulous in my leisure writing. So forgive me if I may not be as perfect as you seem to be. However, this is evidence that Internet culture will not change. When one does not like the direction of a debate, negate the entire post by pointing out a spelling error magically makes you right. Oh wait. It doesn't.
    Did you hear the sound of the point whooshing over your head?
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Sep 13, '12 : Reason: quote edited for ToS
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    I went to a breastfeeding conference a few years ago and there were these two NICU girls who thought they were more important than anyone at the conference. Not only did they have the most annoying ring tone, but they had it set on the loudest ring possible. Not only did they ignore the speaker's request to put the phone on silent, they would take the call LOUDLY before exiting the room. This comference material was essential to my job and I couldn't get enough of it during the four days we were there. The last day we had a certification exam, and the speaker asked ONCE AGAIN that phones MUST be silent. About 10 minutes into the exam, sure enough we heard the familiar, annoying ring tone went off and she took the call loudly without leaving. I tell you that at that point everyone had it and just about everyone in the room went SHHHHH!!!!!!! loudly. Another gal really let her have it along with a few others. She sniffed and whined, "Well. I'm a NICU nurse and my job is more important!" (I know for a fact that she wasn't the only NICU nurse there). It was then the fireworks exploded among everyone and she was asked to leave... with no refund because of her blatant disrespect for the class despite many warnings. I really don't carry a cell with me. I carry it in case of emergency. It's not an iPhone and even though it'd be nice to have, it's not a need. I hate overhearing convos on them. The worst being in an OB/GYNs office and someone was explaining in explicit details about the vag bleeding and genital warts which brought her there in the first place! Hubby and I didn't go out for lunch that day.


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