Computers in Home Health Nursing

  1. Greetings all. I hope some of you can reply to this post. I am an RN working in Home Health- Case management, and seeing about 6 pts. a day. We have just switched from paper forms to Laptops, which I love, but we are being asked by administration to sign a agreement to pay " up to $2100" in the event of damage or breakage to our laptops. Anyone else using laptops responsible for damage or destruction? I can see if the fault were mine how I could be held responsible, but as you know with Home Health you are in all kinds of home environments and who knows what can happen.....thanks
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  3. by   Berta
    I wouldn't sign anything holding me responsible for that laptop, esp considering the environments you are bringing it into.
    I know that my own personal laptop has prevoked more curiosity in children and others than any other new toy. And that is just inside my own house. Its been banged, tipped over, dropped, and had stuff spilled upon. Thank God its a hardy brand.
    I can't imagine bring one into a patients home. It would certainly be handy, but its gonna get broke.
  4. by   ReluctantMonk
    Thanks Berta. I've been hearing the same thing from some of my non-nursing friends.
  5. by   RubyRN,CHPN
    Ditto here. Yes, we were asked to sign an agreement for damage. When it came down to it from what I understand, one nurse is on her second or third computer in 2 years. She has never had to pay to replace it. I notice she carries it around without a case (which was provided by the employer). I often wonder if it were me would my employer require me to pay to replace mine.
  6. by   ReluctantMonk
    Thanks Ruby. I see a trend developing.
  7. by   renerian
    I assume they do not mean normal wear and tear?

  8. by   NRSKarenRN
    Don't know what my agency's policy is--will inquire. Know they just upgraded ~100 laptops due to database upgrade.

    Ours are Toshiba, about 5 lbs and do go into some dirty homes.
  9. by   ReluctantMonk
    You're right Renerian, it does not include normal wear and tear.
    NRSKarenRN- I would appreciate any info you gather.
    ~~~~~thanks to all
  10. by   lyv33
    Our agency has insurance on our laptops.
  11. by   singelais
    I was wondering who did your company use for insurance? Ours in trying to tell us to submit a claim under our homeowners Ins.