Walkie Talkies on Your Unit? - page 3
...or some other staff-to-staff communication device? My sis recently started working an ED that uses shoulder-mounted walkie-talkies (a la cops). I have to say, I'm so jealous! I spend so... Read More
Oct 30, '07Occupation: RN Specialty: Day Surgery, Agency, Cath Lab, LTC/Psych ; Joined: Feb '07; Posts: 894; Likes: 1,097Quote from teeituptomI dont want to look like I work at Mcdonalds
Besides I also want to be able to totally ignore some people
Nov 1, '07Occupation: ER Staff Nurse Specialty: 6+ year(s) of experience in ER/EHR Trainer ; From: US ; Joined: Mar '07; Posts: 1,115; Likes: 1,673Vocera...horrible, horrible, horrible. They do not work. Log in as Mary Smith, get....did you want to log on as Barbara Jones? Voice recognition, lack of signal, noncompliance and a million other reasons-mostly "I didn't understand" as the computer generated voice states a million times. Definately a recipe for workplace violence!
They don't work. Huge waste of money!!!
Increase my pay, stop buying stupid devices, hard wire each room to be voice activated with a password-for communication with secretary and charge desk. We are still paging overhead for housekeeping, clinical techs, nurses, and physicians, what was the point of spending so much money?
Nov 1, '07Occupation: 20+ yr RN Specialty: 15 year(s) of experience in Critical Care ; From: US ; Joined: May '05; Posts: 7,520; Likes: 4,030Quote from HM2VikingVoceras are 'cool', but, they are pieces of junk.I saw nurses and aides using the Vocera system. It looked like a fairly user friendly system.
I work in a forensic facility where we wear "cop" radios for ICS reasons. They do work well but I think that they are very heavy. We don't have earpieces so we clip the mic next to our ears.
Plus, its voice recognition program has an attitude. Sometimes it just refuses to lock on to what you are saying, no matter that you have clearly annunciated for the 323rd time.
After we went through 2 complete sets in less than a year, the hospital decided they were too expensive.
Nov 1, '07Occupation: travel nurse - ob Specialty: OB ; Joined: Jul '01; Posts: 3,171; Likes: 4,505I think it is incredibly rude to patients to have the phone going off, much less answer it while you are doing patient care. Walkie-talkies sound like too much chance of privacy violations, having them blare out about one patient while you are with another. Besides, those things (and many cordless phones) can be picked up by anyone with a scanner. Would you really want anyone in the neighborhood listening in to healthcare workers discussing your private business?
I have been "chewed out" by a unit clerk for not answering the cordless phone on one contract. Told her (since I work L&D) that considering where my hand was at the moment, no way was I going to grab the phone!
Nov 2, '07Occupation: RN Specialty: ER ; Joined: Aug '06; Posts: 515; Likes: 352Quote from mshultzWhen I saw this thread title, I thought it was r/t patients who were ambulatory and communicative
Nov 2, '07Occupation: ER Nurse Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience in Med-Surg/Tele, ER ; Joined: May '07; Posts: 460; Likes: 347I really wish we had a different solution other than our cordless phones. On my shift yesterday I refused to answer my phone while I was pulling meds, and several times while I was hanging FFP (pt got 4 units, so it happened a lot). The ward clerk then went down the hall yelling my name. Ridiculous. I really need to discuss disruptions with my unit manager. The number of times I get interrupted in the med room is astronomical, and I really should have the option of not answering my phone while doing something like hanging blood products!
I THINK you can take a flippin' message from the pharmacy, ya know??
Nov 2, '07Occupation: Freelancing Specialty: 15 year(s) of experience in LTC, Med/Surg, Peds, ICU, Tele ; Joined: Jun '07; Posts: 5,292; Likes: 7,635LOL, I thought you were talking about patients who were "Walkie Talkies" as in not vented, tubed, and sedated...
Nov 2, '07Occupation: ER Nurse Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience in Med-Surg/Tele, ER ; Joined: May '07; Posts: 460; Likes: 347LOL I know!! I thought about that when I started the thread, but I couldn't think of another term for walkie talkies that wasn't vague as hell.
Nov 2, '07Specialty: ER, Medicine ; From: US ; Joined: May '04; Posts: 1,420; Likes: 162we have cell phones we have to carry. they are huge like bricks. and yes they do ring all the time. the only thing i don't like that there's no caller id and i csn't stand the fact you can't silence them when they ring. and when they ring they ring!!!
but there's pros and cons to them in any situation.
Nov 2, '07Occupation: Peds Cardio-thoracic ICU Joined: Nov '01; Posts: 51We have cell phones nextel the are light and when I am in charge and I have to go potty I give it to someone who is qualified to be in charge! or I tell the clerk not to transfer. i like the phones that way if someone needs help at the bedside they do not have to search for me. I also work in an ICU so nurse's are at the bedside.
Nov 2, '07Occupation: CNA Specialty: ICU. Med/Surg: Ortho, Neuro, & Cardiac. ; Joined: Jan '07; Posts: 281; Likes: 82the hospital i work at now has us wear an extra badge that tracks us and tells what room we're in at the nurses' station...so you can call employees in a pt's room if there is an urgent matter at hand.
charge nurses, respiratory, and the house supervisor carry a type of cell phone that only works inside the hospital. and when i float to ICU the aides carry a cordless that works in the unit...unless you're the only aide then you get a spiffy cell phone thing so the nurses can call you on break, or on your way to the lab, pharmacy, etc.
Nov 2, '07Joined: Jan '04; Posts: 999; Likes: 1,020Quote from HM2VikingThere is a vocera system where I work. They are pretty nice to have. I think in the study they did at my hospital, it saves the average floor nurse about 800ft of walking per day or something like that. You just press the button and say the name of whoever you want to reach. Plus you can just say, generically, "Respiratory Therapist" and it will connect you to the respiratory therapist assigned to your floor...saves time cuz you don't have to page them.I saw nurses and aides using the Vocera system. It looked like a fairly user friendly system..
The downsides are
1) The vocera tracks your location. If your manager is so inclinced, they can find out where you are or where you've been at any given time throughout your shift. Not that I'm paranoid, but I leave it up on the floor when I take a minute or two to run downstairs to the vending machine for a soda.
2) Sometimes the vocera's voice recognition doesn't work very well, especially for people that have hard to pronounce names or names with complicated spellings.