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Management: No phones allowed!
Nurse: But I use epocrates so I can look up meds I don't know!
Management: No phones allowed. Use the computer that is never available because we didn't buy enough. Or that outdated drug book at the reference desk that won't have that new drug your looking for.
That's kinda how the conversation went when I wanted to use my droid phone to look up meds.
My manager isn't very strict about no cell phones on nights, but she prefers we be a bit discreet about it.
I had my phone out in front of her the other day.
NM: "Blondy, c'mon, not right in front of me."
Me: "I'm looking at my calendar to see if I can switch a day with OtherRN."
My boss and several of the nurses have a joke when she sees a phone.
NM: "Is that a phone?"
Nurse: "No, it's a calculator."
I do use my calculator every time I do I&Os.
Even outside of drug and calculator apps smartphones are becoming an integral part of life and have valid uses at work. I still worry about how it appears to the older generations, though.
I know in my clinicals my preceptor has given me dirty looks before when I have had my phone out, then approved when I was able to quickly tell her about the uncommon condition I was looking up while she thought I was texting. Electronic devices are encouraged in the program I went to, and she knew I used it for that purpose, but it just struck her as odd to see me looking at my phone at clinicals. It is easy to get distracted by other things on my phone, though.
I am fortunate to work in a facility where we have plenty of computers and access to Micromedix, UpToDate and a variety of other references. We have computers for every nurse at the nurse's station, and in every patient room.