What is it with nurses and cell phones? Just a vent. - page 25

by fakebee

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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    I "get it" I really do.....I have worked at the bedside my entire career. Even when I was management I worked in my beloved ED agency on weekends now and then. I get down time. I get boredom. I have loved nights....forever. I have read books on a 1:1 while sitting in the door way. I am not talking the occasional time out I am talking the constant obsession to be "in touch" txting and posting as if the very world will end if they don't respond to their friend, family, e-mail.

    I find that it isn't that "down time" that distracts and yes lazy staff will be lazy whether they have a cell phone or not. I find it unprofessional to stand at the med cart or walk down the hallway texting away...oblivious to their surroundings. I find this the more common behavior.

    I love my phone. I love technology....but there is a time and place and the workplace is not one of them. I know....they are used to look things up....I get it I really do. When I ask staff for their phones....as they text and walk down the hallway......I never find research.

    When people texting walk into fountains in the mall....there is a problem. I am just curious.....why? Why the NEED to be constantly "in touch?"
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    Quote from Esme12
    When people texting walk into fountains in the mall....there is a problem. I am just curious.....why? Why the NEED to be constantly "in touch?"
    I actually walked into a wall while flipping through a patient's chart with a fellow nurse.

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    Quote from Milo27
    I text all the time at work Guess what I am still a good nurse!
    Are the med carts stocked? Are the IV trays stocked? Is there garbage that needs to be changed? Are your patients dry and comfortable? Are your patients' rooms tidy and organized? Have you helped your co-worker settle her new admission? Is the UC overloaded and needs some help entering orders?

    I have a co-worker who texts all the time too. I have absolutely no idea if she's a good nurse or bad nurse, mainly because I have yet to define that for myself or others. I can't STAND the sound of the call lights going off, so I get up from charting or whatever at the desk and answer them if no one else gets it. It gets a little annoying when I have interrupt my work to answer bells, but she can't interrupt her texting because she thinks call lights are the techs' job.
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    Quote from dudette10
    Are the med carts stocked? Are the IV trays stocked? Is there garbage that needs to be changed? Are your patients dry and comfortable? Are your patients' rooms tidy and organized? Have you helped your co-worker settle her new admission? Is the UC overloaded and needs some help entering orders?

    I have a co-worker who texts all the time too. I have absolutely no idea if she's a good nurse or bad nurse, mainly because I have yet to define that for myself or others. I can't STAND the sound of the call lights going off, so I get up from charting or whatever at the desk and answer them if no one else gets it. It gets a little annoying when I have interrupt my work to answer bells, but she can't interrupt her texting because she thinks call lights are the techs' job.
    Someone who can't interrupt her texting because she thinks call lights are the tech's job is not a good nurse. You said it yourself. Are the med carts and IV trays stocked? Garbage to be changed? Patients dry and comfortable in tidy rooms? Have you helped out your co-workers? If she's sitting and texting while others are busy, she's not a good nurse.
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    Ruby Vee: who are YOU to say who is and isn't a good nurse? For all you know she may be a GREAT nurse.
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    Ruby's usually spot on...I'm with Ruby on this one...she may have fab technical skills, but letting stuff that isn't ' her job' go because she won't put down the phone? Bad personal nursing.
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    Really? I'd say look at your own faults. Many times I've sat down literally WAITING for call lights so NO it isn't impossible to believe that a nurse may be using a cell phone while waiting.
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    Either you're deliberately missing the point or someone has crawled you before on this... the post clearly stated that the person in question was ignoring call bells and stated that answering bells was the job of the techs.
    No one is denying faults. No one's making this personal. Ease up, hun. You're going to pop a vessel if you're not careful. No one is bashing anyone. Just observations and opinions.
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    Yes, there is downtime. Especially on 3rd shift in LTC. I stock the med room, check every chart and do rounds at the beginning of the shift. If there's nothing to do at the moment it's fine to text, or read or play solitaire or watch TV quietly. But I WILL say that if you're sitting and texting while your aides or another nurse are busy working then, yes, you are a bad nurse and a bad coworker.....
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    Quote from Butterfly6890
    Ruby Vee: who are YOU to say who is and isn't a good nurse? For all you know she may be a GREAT nurse.
    I'm a nurse. I've been a nurse for a long time. And I can assure you that someone who is sitting at the nurse's station playing with her phone for prolonged periods of time is not a GREAT nurse or even a good one. I'm sure there must be an uncomfortable patient, a med cart that needs stocking, a new grad that needs questions answered or a clin tech that needs help with a bed change. That nurse may be competent, but she doesn't excel at nursing. At texting, maybe, but not nursing.


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