Nurse tracking devices - page 8

How do you guys feel about wearing tracking devices on your person? Your location displays on a computer screen where you are at inside the hospital at all times. Thanks... Read More

  1. by   Diahni
    Quote from Pam I Am RN
    I personally am offended at having to wear one and it's not because I am a slacker, to the contrary, I bust my butt. However after reading all the posts on this subject I can see where I could use it against the hospital I work at. The hospital automatically deducts a 30 minute lunch break whether you get one or not. In order to be compensated for not taking a lunch a time sheet correction form needs to be filled out each day you don't get a lunch. My unit director told me she would not approve my time correction forms anymore so I can tell her to access the tracking device and see where I am and that I did not get a lunch break.
    Pam I Am: Wow. Ever wonder why nurses continue to put up with this crap?
    How many professional people would put up with regularly not getting a lunch break? I find the "trackers" downright offensive, too. Ya think doctors would put up with this? Despite the strides the nursing profession has taken, there still are vestiges from when nurses were considered one notch up from prostitutes. The trackers, to my mind, is one of them.
  2. by   Pam I Am RN
    Diahni I do wonder why nurses put up with this crap. If we stood together we could make a difference but too many nurses are afraid to rock the boat for fear of losing their jobs. If all nurses united then what could hospitals do but listen? Hospitals would be immobilized if nurses went on strike until conditions improved.
  3. by   Diahni
    Quote from Pam I Am RN
    Diahni I do wonder why nurses put up with this crap. If we stood together we could make a difference but too many nurses are afraid to rock the boat for fear of losing their jobs. If all nurses united then what could hospitals do but listen? Hospitals would be immobilized if nurses went on strike until conditions improved.
    The way I see it is you can have all the power in the world. Yes, hospitals would be in big trouble without nurses, eh? But if people don't get together and wield this power, what good is it? Looks like all the squabbles that happen between nurses would be put to better uses against a common foe. And yes, the hospitals can be formidable foes.
  4. by   L&DRNJenn
    Quote from Cat Nurse
    The system we currently use, is a nurse locator. It is a device alittle smaller than a beeper. The nurses station has the master control, they press locate and can find the nurse and call into the area. It has pros and cons. Some people are overly dependent on it and other don't use it and look for the person. Like anything it is good as the users want it to be.
    We have the same thing and I really like it. It saves a lot of time looking for people and decreases overhead announcements. I have been using them for 2 years and have never heard of anyone being tracked on where they were and for how long. We use the Hillrom call system. Maybe it has those capabilities, I am not sure. I don't feel violated one bit wearing it at work.
  5. by   Pam I Am RN
    I would agree with you BSNgrad if we didn't also have pocket phones. I am usually called on my pocket phone rather than found by the locater. How many professional organizations/companies do you know that require only certain employees (nurses/cna's) to wear tracking devices? What about the Dr's, PT's, OT's, Social Workers, Housekeeping, Unit Clerks, Unit Supervisors, Maintenance, etc?
  6. by   marygirl
    at our hospital most of the staff is required to wear the tracking devices. Most of the docs don't, however, but they are not employees of the hospital. The hospitalists do wear them, but they are employees. See the difference? Agency nurses and RT's do not wear them, but regular staff members do. I like them because I am on the Resource Team, so my kids can find me quickly without having to go through the nursing office. This is convenient for questions such as, "where is the Clorox clean-up? The puppy had an accident". I'd hate for them to bother the nursing supervisor for a question like that!
  7. by   nitetimeobnurse
    One problem that we have found with these if you work in a facility that uses alot of travelers, there is not enough equipment to go around, so if something happens to a patient, the one who gets blamed it the one person who lasst entered the room.
  8. by   danh3190
    Quote from purple_rose_3
    I worked at a place that had a little thing that you attached to your badge. It would only track what room you were in. When you went into the room a little light besides the call light would light up so you knew a nurse was in the room. It was really handy when trying to find a coworker for some help, because you could just walk to the room with the light on. Does this make sense? Did I explain this without confusing?
    That would be so nice to put on our Clinical Instructors' badges!!!!
  9. by   TrudyRN
    It's good and bad. good for knowing where workers are and being able to locate them quickly. Bad if the nurse is deemed to be too long on breaks, potty, etc.

    Solution: Quietly take it off and leave it on your med cart or at the N. Station or in the supply closet or at a pt's bedside.
  10. by   nurse79
    we use the hospital-wide @ my facility. they are like little walkie talkies, voice activated. you can call them from a regular phone, then you say the persons name (ex " call ann smith") once the signal is sent to "ann" she can accept or reject the call, either by saying "yes" or click a button to talk. the only unfortunate thing is that they are not good in emergency situations. sometimes the voice command takes FOREVEr to recognize who you are calling...that can be a pain. so if i'm in a delivery and i need someone pronto i use the regular phone. they are handy though if you are multitasking, and cant use ur hands at the time. ppl can leave messages, and phone calls can be transferred to you from regular phones (doc calls and u are in the pts room, the station can transfer u to the phone). the phones cannot locate you specifically though (ex "near elevator 3")
  11. by   vhern246
    Quote from Roseyposey
    "slacker trackers"
    Thats incredibly funny.

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