What is it with nurses and cell phones? Just a vent. - page 27

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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 morte
    None of the three listed above are legitament use of cell, WHILE ON THE CLOCK, period.
    Which is solely YOUR opinion, which unfortunately doesn't represent the total workforce.
    Last edit by PatMac10,RN on Nov 5, '12
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    Quote from nursel56

    Yes there were some side conversations that got too heated and personal. I'm sorry though -- I can't bear the thought of reading through all 200 posts again, though I'm sure there are some real gems in there. The only thing I did with your response was to point out some areas I felt you made some unfair judgements. I think we can end this on a mutually respectful and civil note, PatMac best wishes as you continue your studies.
    Thanks NurseI56! Best wishes to you as well.
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    Quote from dudette10

    Common sense says it's a matter of frequency. If someone is texting a lot, I'd be an idiot to think that it was all an emergent matter that must be attended to at that moment. It's not jumping to conclusions; it's having at least half a brain.
    Why not make use that half a brain, to report it and the continue to care for patients? Instead of wasting time trying to figure out if their use of the phone was legitimate or not. Who cares why they are in the phone? I care about whether their work is being done, not for my sake, but for patient safety. If their texting is frequent and effecting their care, take action. I have no idea why or what people may be texting about, nor do I particularly care, if their not doing the job I voiced opinion to the appropriate people and push for action, then return to doing what I'm there to do, caring for patients.
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    I'm often tapping on my phone but it's usually accessing one of the many useful apps or entering notes and reminders.

    I was once scolded in an inservice... I was simply taking notes... and mostly the "instructor" was just peeved because I was posing pointed questions that demonstrated just how crappy was the product that they'd managed to sell to the hospital. The DON pulled me aside to scold me some more and then had to eat crow when I showed her my very detailed, fully searchable, notes which I planned to post on the intranet.

    It's not just a phone, it's a computer, and a very useful one at that.
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    Not my opinion, try that in front of your boss and see how far you get. You are being paid to work, child care etc should have been taken care of/delegated before you took the job. IF there is an emergency, that is a different kettle of fish, but a kid arguing for a later bedtime etc is NOT and emergency. This sort of thing is one of the things held against women in the working world, can you imagine a man putting up with this?
    Quote from PatMac10,SN
    Which is solely YOUR opinion, which unfortunately doesn't represent the total workforce.
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    Quote from morte
    Not my opinion, try that in front of your boss and see how far you get. You are being paid to work, child care etc should have been taken care of/delegated before you took the job. IF there is an emergency, that is a different kettle of fish, but a kid arguing for a later bedtime etc is NOT and emergency. This sort of thing is one of the things held against women in the working world, can you imagine a man putting up with this?
    I have used my phone multiple times and informed my supervisor of why I needed to use it and she had no problems with it. I am in full accordance that you use the phone in an area away from patient care areas though. I don't just pull mine out for any reason, and when I do it's for a good reason.
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    Quote from morte
    Not my opinion, try that in front of your boss and see how far you get. You are being paid to work, child care etc should have been taken care of/delegated before you took the job. IF there is an emergency, that is a different kettle of fish, but a kid arguing for a later bedtime etc is NOT and emergency. This sort of thing is one of the things held against women in the working world, can you imagine a man putting up with this?
    I've had to do it before, and explained the necessity to my supervisor or charge nurse and they had no problems with it. I agree that you should only use the phone in an area away from the patient care area. I am being paid to work that's what I do. However, my life doesn't stop when I'm at work, idk about you.
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    Quote from ♪♫ in my ♥
    I'm often tapping on my phone but it's usually accessing one of the many useful apps or entering notes and reminders.

    I was once scolded in an inservice... I was simply taking notes... and mostly the "instructor" was just peeved because I was posing pointed questions that demonstrated just how crappy was the product that they'd managed to sell to the hospital. The DON pulled me aside to scold me some more and then had to eat crow when I showed her my very detailed, fully searchable, notes which I planned to post on the intranet.

    It's not just a phone, it's a computer, and a very useful one at that.
    So true! Good point!
    AngelfireRN likes this.
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    Quote from Esme12

    I am highly curious.......Why? Why do you text all the time at work?

    What is so imperative that you must feel impelled to communicate instantly and "stay in touch" with every single second of every day. Frankly, I find the idea of that exhausting.

    I am not being mean.....I am really curious. Many nurses find it difficult to find time to drink water and use the facilities...catch a deep breath. Where are you finding the extra time to type and communicate...carry on conversations....with people during work hours.

    It has been proven that distracted driving impairs you to a greater extent than alcohol...in fact many states/cities are passing legislation about texting and driving because of the impairment/distraction it causes........how do you feel texting does not impair you nor the care you deliver to your patients.

    Although my teen has strict regulations with the use of her phone. I truly want to know....I find the obsession with the electronic devices...fascinating.
    I completely agree, Esme. I wouldn't have time to text. I'm too busy.
    Conqueror+, Esme12, Aurora77, and 1 other like this.
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    "I'm special! My family is WAY more important than my patients! If I choose to text my family members about the minutiae of every day life that can certainly wait 12 hours, then that's TOTALLY APPROPRIATE! And it's not like I do it in front of anyone! Whenever I feel like talking to my family, I leave my patients, go into the break room, and text away! So it's a completely LEGITIMATE use of a cell phone!" *pops gum*

    Give me a break.
    Conqueror+, merd01, nursel56, and 5 others like this.


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