Cellphones at work
- 0Jul 31, '11 by RehabmeCellphones at work - are they really that important? For those who cary them for emergency puposes I can kind of understand but have they ever been called? Any ideas how to keep the curse of the smartphones undercontrol? Looking for any help I can get
- 1Jul 31, '11 by virgo,student nurseIf I am going to be in a meeting,or I know a lot of people may be around I put my phone on silent. I think it is ok to have your phone on you, in the event of an emergency. You should also be aware of your work locations, policy on phones in the work place.
- 4Aug 10, '11 by TheCommuter, ASN, RN Senior ModeratorThe majority of people lived just fine without cellphones as recently as ten years ago. I do not see why they need to be glued to the cellphone while at work.
If it's really an emergency, the person can attempt to reach the employee through a land line, or leave a voice mail message that can be checked on a break or meal period. Sorry, but emergencies do not happen to most people daily, weekly, or even monthly.
- 1Feb 12, '12 by BoognishI keep mine on silent or turned off in my backpack in the nurse's station. If anybody needs to get a hold of me in an emergency, they can call my facility. Except for when I'm on break, I only ever take my phone out while I'm finishing up my paperwork, and it's usually only to text my wife when I'm running late.
- 0Feb 12, '12 by cityknitty_RNI agree that for emergencies, one can always call the facility so a cell phone is not necessary to have by your side at all times.
However, I will say that my smartphone has come in handy at work a few times. I do have nurse-friendly software that helps with calculations, drug books, etc. It's quick and I use software that would be found around the nurses desk anyway (such as a Davis Drug Guide, for example). You may say, just look it up in the book. Well, it's quicker for me to look it up there. Same difference.
- 1Feb 15, '12 by littlegreenfrogwhere I work (hospital) people are on their phones all of the time - i have seen people take calls while in pt's rooms and you will see them on the phone walking down the hall. I'm talking personal calls on personal cell phones. no one seems to care.
- 2Feb 15, '12 by nelcoy4My manager doesn't mind that we carry our cellphones on us. She just doesn't want us to take calls in pt's rooms and we have to keep it on silent. I don't talk on my phone at work, but my phone has come in handy a few times. I downloaded Goggle translate to help me communicate with non-english speaking pts (this helps when I can't find the translator phone). The drug app, calulator, stopwatch, setting alarms for pts that want their prn pain meds the exact time it's due, & finding music to calm down anxious pts.