Should nurses be able to listen to music at work? - page 7

On numerous occasions, I've observed nurses playing music from their computers. Some of them are managers, which doesn't necessarily concern me since they aren't directly caring for patients. ... Read More

  1. by   Davey Do
    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    Anyway, just want to also say that the title of this thread bothers me a bit. "Should nurses be able to..." It sounds like we're a bunch of little kids that need permission to do anything, no matter how trivial.
    The computer charting we are required to do causes me to feel like I need its permission to do my job.

    It's like we can't make professional decisions on own, and we need a computer program to tell us what to do if an assessment has grave findings.

    It's like the computer program's goal is to fix stupid.
  2. by   Glycerine82
    Music actually helps me focus, but of course It would need to be appropriate and in the appropriate setting. No heavy metal around a 90 y/o, for example. I would say as long as the nurse is using good judgement for their situation and patient population it shouldn't be an issue.
  3. by   Glycerine82
    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    When I worked geropsych, I played music all the time. Do you know how soothing Marvin Gaye is? The patients loved hearing music... so did I. It soothed me!

    There were nurses elsewhere in the hospital that I noticed played music quietly for themselves on their phones. Again, it was soothing.

    If what we were playing bothered the patients, we turned it off. We also switched it if it was inappropriate like the time I realized we were playing, "Dang me! Dang me! They oughta take a rope and hang me! From the highest treeeeeeeeeeeeee...."

    It never was a distraction and it was usually welcome, but we weren't in an ICU.

    I've had so many patients absolutely light up when music from their era is played. It's magical therapy.
  4. by   NurseCard
    Quote from traumaRUs
    I just changed job and work in a small office part of the time. My cubicle-mate (we are within 3 feet of each other) has a radio on the entire day. I find it very difficult to concentrate let alone talk on the phone (which is part of my job).

    I'm truly ready to quit over the issue.

    When i worked my entire day in the ED, we ran around way too much to listen to music plus there was always something else going on....
    I was told I could play my music at a... reasonable.. level...

  5. by   HermioneG
    I usually don't mind it, but I did become very frustrated the other day with it. A dear coworker of mine who I love a lot was blasting (yes... blasting) music. It was difficult to concentrate, but most importantly it was so loud that you couldn't hear the alarms on the patient monitors. Consequently, patients were left to lay next to aggravating alarms for very long periods of time for something simple like a cardiac lead sticking to their gown rather than their chest. Not to mention, of course, how bad it would've been had it been a critical situation and we didn't hear the monitor alarm.

    I usually don't mind it, but it really bothers me if its presence decreases patient care. To me, it's unacceptable to let a patient lay there for hours on end next to a beeping machine.. and that is something I've seen before, music or not. It's unfair to the patient, and to others around them. It's also something that is such a simple fix, you just have to be diligent about it.

    Basically, if the nurse can hear the monitors and is on top of it then fine. But if it's presence means the nurse can't hear the monitors, or if the nurse is using it to tune out when their patient goes to CT and everything is blaring because the nurse doesn't want get up and put the monitor on standby, then yes it bothers me a lot.
  6. by   Kooky Korky
    Like perfumes and odors from hair products, laundry products, and the million and one other things we have to smell these days, music is probably best omitted from the work area, as someone is bound to find it disturbing.
  7. by   bikegirl
    WHAT?!?!?! No Stockhausen? No Crumb?!?! Oh lordy, you should have heard me laughing (out loud) when I read that....

    I guess that includes Flipper, Joy Division , and Schoenberg in that ban :-)
  8. by   osceteacher
    I had a patient whos family played drum and bass all the time while he was ventilated because he loved the music. I wanted to cry, that did my head in.
  9. by   ThePrincessBride
    I'd love to be able to play music at work, but I'm not sure if the babies will have the same appreciation for Lil Wayne, Queen or M83 as I.
  10. by   Been there,done that
    When one on one with a sedated ICU patient, I see no problem with music or having the TV on. I did it, we all survived. I would not subject my music to other co-workers.
  11. by   OldDude
    Quote from ThePrincessBride
    I'd love to be able to play music at work, but I'm not sure if the babies will have the same appreciation for Lil Wayne, Queen or M83 as I.
    John Denver
  12. by   DetroitRN15
    As long as the patient doesn't mind, and it's not loud enough that the nurse can't hear alarms or that it's disruptive to the unit, I don't see the harm. I work on day shift in the ICU and while I personally don't play music (usually hard to hear it over the hustle of the floor on days anyway), some nurses will occasionally play music softly at the nurses station or their computers. I know it happens much more on nights.

    Some people find music distracting, while others (like myself) find a little background music helps concentration. So really, it depends on the nurse. Plus, there are a lot of studies that show music therapy can actually be beneficial to patients!
  13. by   ladyandthetiger
    No. I hate and despise having to put up with other people's music at work. I don't want the hassle of having to tell a coworker that their music is to loud or distracting and end up looking like a kill joy. If you must have music on use headphones- just in one ear if you must.
    If you are listening to music to avoid falling asleep get up and clean or restock or if you can't leave the bedside do something for your patient.