Do you have internet at work? - page 3

Just wondering if anyone here has intenet at work and if so, what are the rules regarding its use? Over here the icu has internet, but all the other floors dont, and so at night the icu nurses are... Read More

  1. by   UM Review RN
    We have it and we need it.

    I can't tell you the number of times I've gone online and found information about various disease processes or the nursing care for some postop patient that we normally don't get on our unit. I also have shown the newbies where the most helpful nursing websites were, many of which I've found here.

    I'm a professional and having Internet access improves my practice, so I'd be angry if we lost it. To me, it's less a privilege and more of a necessity nowadays.
  2. by   RedSox33RN
    We have an intranet, for a lot of our online contact hours and hospital info, etc. Plus there is the internet on our Med/Surg floor. We're allowed to use it as we'd like during our break time, but are reminded that some sites are not appropriate and leave spyware/cookies, etc., and stuff in the History that we may not want people to find.

    It is helpful, as a nursing student, for me to check when my grades are posted, etc. Although I'm not a nursing student at my hospital, there are a lot of SN's on our floor, and they use the computers frequently for research.
  3. by   RedSox33RN
    Quote from Bipley
    I have since learned the art of sniping software and it is no longer an issue. I shared this art with my boss and she loves it too!
    Fellow sniper here, too! I have yet to use the software though. I let my DSL and the final 3 seconds do it for me. I'm going to have to try the software though, after the holidays.
  4. by   mercyteapot
    We've got it. The hard and fast rules are that we're not allowed to install any programs for which the agency hasn't paid a licensing fee (not even free ones), no porn or shopping sites, and no chatting or gaming. All other use is supposed to be relevant to our work and make judicious use of our time, which is awfully broad language and interpeted to mean pretty much whatever each of us wants it to mean. I'm not paid hourly, so whatever time I waste putzing around on the puter while at the office, I am going to have to make up for by working some other time, so it's not abusing the system.