Lawmakers To Curb Cell Phone Use At Nursing Homes - page 3

by libnat

hope they don't pass some bull reactionary law banning cell phones because of these people. lexington, ky. -- kentucky officials are trying to prevent cell phone abuse in nursing homes after an investigation of the... Read More


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    Quote from Michigan
    Agree, Let's call this what it is- ABUSE! Send them to jail, sex offenders list and NEVER, NEVER let them work with vulernable people again. DO NOT need new laws, enforce the ones we already have. In my building you are not allowed to have a cell phone, unless required for the job (supervisior, staffing, etc). Cell phones need to be in lockers or left in car. Emergency? Have family call main number like everyone else.
    I agree completly. It is awful what those people did. Laws do need to be enforced.
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    Thanks for the info. Cell phones are used way too often and abused a lot as well. Maybe a designated area would be the best solution. Just like they have for people that smoke! I don't smoke but people that do should have the option just as people that want to use their cell phones should.
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    I believe cell phones are abused quite a bit, but making across the board laws when the real problem is that anyone who does something like this is not right in the first place. We had a similar siutation happen at our facility, not as bad but a picture taken of a resident sent to another empolyee. There is something wrong with a person who doesn't think hmmm...this probably isn't something I should do...heck the fact that you are even thinking about doing this means you are working in the wrong area. How about screening empolyees better instead of punishing the decent ones to get to the wackos. Especially when it comes down to it the people that behave right will follow the rules and these other idiots will find some other way to screw up.
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    Cell phones a banned from the LTC I work at by the administration. They said they interfer with the equipment. We have signs on our entery doors "NO CELL PHONES". Funny thing is the other day our Medical Director was on his cells phone at the nurses station talking to his wife. When I go in the staff locker room at 2:59, you can hear many cell phones ringing. It's kinda funny. The DON is know to have her cell phone go off when staff is in her office. It gives us a good laugh.
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    This is the most disturbing thing I have ever read, how could anyone be so sick and twisted to do this to anyone. I hope they go to jail. The facility should be loooked at by the state as well because someone had to know this was going on and it should never have gotten this far.:angryfire
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    I say fire them all just to make sure and I include the management. It must have been some culture of patient disrespect in the first place even before this disgusting stuff happened. This stuff never happens in a vacuum. Hopefully they will successfully prosecute all of them.

    As for a law about cell phones? Give me a break. My workplace doesn't allow personal cell phones and I fully support that for a myriad of reasons.
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    So we ban cell phones because of the camera and sound recorder functions? Next we ban cameras, sound recorders, and telephones. Laptops next? How about electric lights and and hot tap water? Maybe we should ban pencils, pens, and paper so we can't write anything on our hands that we can take out of the building?

    It's not the technology, it's the users. I think a few of us have commented on the very valid point that the perpetrators were in violation of several laws and the ethical standards of the profession. Let's see them get the punishment they have earned. But misusing a tool won't stop by removing the tool; there will be substitutes.

    And I won't part with my cell phone, which is also my copy of Davis's Drug Guide and a number of other nursing references. The appropriate use of a telephone is something that I, as a professional, already understand. Perhaps not having a phone in your hand was a luxury a few years ago, but today, it's expected. I will not answer personal calls and really don't believe that personal calls to staff of any kind (yes, I do mean the sick family members, the kids in school, and the spouses stuck in traffic) should be accepted. But if I need to consult with a physician at the patient's bedside and the phone doesn't work or is blocked, I better have an alternative at my fingertips.

    OldPhatMC sends.
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