What is it with nurses and cell phones? Just a vent. - page 29

by fakebee

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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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    #Random Observation# I just realized I have give golden stars!!!! Finally! I was at four forever!
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    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    For some of us, it was a miracle that we lived to tell about it.
    Lets see: age 7 hurt myself on my big bro's BMX bike, my Nana was watching us as my mom was a single parent at work. I had a lot of bleeding from my cut ankle, with pressure on the wound the bleeding stopped till my Mom got off work and could take me to the ER for stitches.
    Age 10: hurt my ankle (yes same ankle) playing who can kick higher on the kitchen door with my bro. My mom was working nights at her second job so I had to wait till she got off work at 10pm to go literally across the street to the ER to get a cast for pulled ligaments.
    Stuff happens when you have kids and just cause you can get a hold of someone immediately doesn't mean you can do anything about it. This is why babysitters and 911 was invented.
    And for all the women bashing their SO on being able to care for their kids is just sad. I know a lot of men who are wonderful fathers and more than capable of caring for their kids in an emergency. Actually they are usually a lot calmer than some mothers.
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    Quote from SionainnRN

    Lets see: age 7 hurt myself on my big bro's BMX bike, my Nana was watching us as my mom was a single parent at work. I had a lot of bleeding from my cut ankle, with pressure on the wound the bleeding stopped till my Mom got off work and could take me to the ER for stitches.
    Age 10: hurt my ankle (yes same ankle) playing who can kick higher on the kitchen door with my bro. My mom was working nights at her second job so I had to wait till she got off work at 10pm to go literally across the street to the ER to get a cast for pulled ligaments.
    Stuff happens when you have kids and just cause you can get a hold of someone immediately doesn't mean you can do anything about it. This is why babysitters and 911 was invented.
    And for all the women bashing their SO on being able to care for their kids is just sad. I know a lot of men who are wonderful fathers and more than capable of caring for their kids in an emergency. Actually they are usually a lot calmer than some mothers.
    Idk about you. But my mom has been a nurse since I was 7 years old. If I a babysitter or anyone else ever had to take me to get any kind if care that warranted a visit to an ER while she was at work, she always beat us there, even if she was at work. My mom was a single parent and would go ballistic if she wax notified about something happening to her child and sounding waited 2 hours, or whatever, to let her know. She always tell people to call and leave a message if she couldn't come to the phone. Well, now instead of having to call and get through on the hospital line, people can conveniently send a quick message directly to a person.

    My mom is not a person to constantly pull out her cell, but she will get a message quicker on info she needs to know, if you send a text and quickly looks at it.

    It is not always about parents knowing or being messaged so they can do something about a situation, but because as a parent they want to be informed. Plus if my mom was called, there were very few times they there was nothing she could do about a situation, after all to me she was superwoman!
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    If there were something serious going on with my kid, my boss and my colleagues would insist that I leave to attend to the matter. Sure, it would put them over ratio and things would slow down but they'd all agree that our families come before our job.

    The "martyr mary" attitude of "I'll finish my shift no matter what" is foreign to me.

    That said, my friend could sit with my kid while she got stitches just as easily as could I.
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    Quote from ♪♫ in my ♥
    If there were something serious going on with my kid, my boss and my colleagues would insist that I leave to attend to the matter. Sure, it would put them over ratio and things would slow down but they'd all agree that our families come before our job.

    The "martyr mary" attitude of "I'll finish my shift no matter what" is foreign to me.

    That said, my friend could sit with my kid while she got stitches just as easily as could I.
    The martyr mary is right up there with the super mom of dear God if I'm not right at my baby's side (even with the father there or a trusted babysitter) they will not heal. Give me a break. As for my Mom, she worked two jobs and literally could not leave to come get me. But it wasn't an emergency, it was urgent which is why we went across the street to the ER once she got home. Just too many helicopter parents these days that think if they aren't talking to their kids every 5 mins the world will end.
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    Quote from SionainnRN

    The martyr mary is right up there with the super mom of dear God if I'm not right at my baby's side (even with the father there or a trusted babysitter) they will not heal. Give me a break. As for my Mom, she worked two jobs and literally could not leave to come get me. But it wasn't an emergency, it was urgent which is why we went across the street to the ER once she got home. Just too many helicopter parents these days that think if they aren't talking to their kids every 5 mins the world will end.
    I think that there is a limit to tend to every Little thing. But to be perfectly honest, I can't totally be upset with parents who "think the world is going to end when they don't talk to there kids" I mean look at what happened in CT. Of course those kids where at a supposedly safe place, school, but the world, in general is becoming a much tougher place to live safely in. No wonder some parents call or text their to check on their kids every X amount of time.

    Like i said earlier, my mom always beat me wherever I was going. She knew that if it was bad enough for me to go the an ER then she needed to be there. I can't account for what other parents do (or don't) nor do I care too, my mom did great, and all by herself. She never had any problems with coming to meet me wherever I was, she was there.
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    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.
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    Quote from T-Bird78
    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.
    You 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.

    Phones can be used in appropriate ways and settings, or they can be used inappropriately. It the user that makes that call.
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    I 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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    What 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.


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