Nurses Embracing iPhones

  1. 1 By Debra Wood, RN, contributor

    June 23, 2011 - Long a physician favorite, iPhones are making their mark as helpful nursing tools as well.


    Nurses are embracing the iPhone and its ability to improve communication and access to clinical reference materials. Photo credit: Apple.
    "Having a handheld device in your pocket all day is fabulous," said Karen Macauley, DNP, APRN, director of the Simulation and Standardized Patient Nursing Laboratory and clinical associate professor at the University of San Diego's Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science in California.


    This is fascinating! Click here to read the entire article from Nursezone.com:
    http://www.nursezone.com/Nursing-New...nes_37218.aspx
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  4. Visit  No Stars In My Eyes} profile page
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    WOW! Pretty amazing! I'm kind of techno-phobic, but even I would learn how to use this! I can see how it would be so helpful in so many ways. I especially would like being able to bypass the constant phoning and interruptions it can cause in your shift/routine. The only negative I thought of is that it would have to be cleaned alot if you are taking it room-to-room, patient-to-patient. (thinking of the reported studies of the germs found on computer boards at facilities).Otherwise, what a terrific break-through!
  5. Visit  SkipBeat} profile page
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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 Or that outdated drug book at the reference desk that won't have that new drug your looking for.

    Nurse: ?????

    That's kinda how the conversation went when I wanted to use my droid phone to look up meds.
  6. Visit  DISinOKC} profile page
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    I guess I'm lucky. I may not be a nurse yet, but in the state HIV/STD department, our supe lets us use our cell phones.

    my iphone is quite handy. I have the most recent tx guidelines for all STDs, so looking up tx and dosage is easy peasy as I'm traveling to different county health departments. It came in really handy for my congenital syphilis case!

    I've also got it loaded on my ipad... if you have a tablet computer, maybe you can talk to your administration to see if THAT would be allowed since it's not a phone? but knowing most admin, they would still say no b/c it would connect to the internet and it would be too tempting to FB all day long.
  7. Visit  JulieCVICURN} profile page
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    My facility is looking into the Voalte iPhone too. We had a demo of it recently and it really is very cool, but I worry that the iPhones are so fragile. I shattered mine after only 2 months!
  8. Visit  DISinOKC} profile page
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    otterbox is your friend. I've accidentally thrown mine down the parking lot and kicked it while trying to bend over and pick it up. Dropped, stepped on, sat on, and tossed... it's still ticking after all the abuse. My otterbox cover looks like poo though.
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  9. Visit  JulieCVICURN} profile page
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    Oh, I've got an Otterbox NOW.
  10. Visit  jones.rn} profile page
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    I use my iPhone at work to look up meds and different diagnosis. We have computers that we use for charting, but they don't have internet. I thought I might get in trouble one day when my charge nurse asked me if I had my phone on me, I said "yes I do" to which she replied "would you look up that song by Adelle, I want Wendy to hear it." It made me laugh.
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  11. Visit  whichone'spink} profile page
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    I have the iPod touch and iPad. They are awesome. I want an iPhone eventually because I use my iPod for everything. Organization, reference books, email, you name it. Everything except calls and texts. If only the iPhone did not come with a plan that costs an arm and a leg every month.
    ERvik likes this.
  12. Visit  Persephone001} profile page
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    I want an ipad sooooo bad!! But gonna try and wait it out till they can make a version that can fit into my pocket lol.
  13. Visit  blondy2061h} profile page
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    Quote from SkipBeat
    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.

    Nurse: ?????

    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."

    NM: "Oh."

    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.
  14. Visit  4_Sq} profile page
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    Lucky you with all that technology available in your workplace.. We do computer charting etc.
    From an "older" nurse: I think it's great, and am not afraid to use one myself if need be.
    I have deliberately avoiding learning to text. Cuz I'm from that stubborn older school of learning .
    The iphone is a resources @ your fingertips & yes, it is a very useful tool.
    The only objection I have to cell phones is when they get in the way of good old 1 to 1 conversation, then I think that some of the users can be down right rude.
    All I can say is go gadget go!!!
  15. Visit  MelEpiRN} profile page
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    I think they can be a great tool, but people need to know when to put them away. Using them in patient rooms? Tacky. Or how about using them while I'm trying to teach Orientation? RUDE RUDE RUDE!!!
    I usually just think "gross" when I see doctors and nurses use them all over the hospital. I guarantee those things aren't being cleaned as much as they should be.


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