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Irony regarding cellphone use at work

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Emergent has 25 years experience and works as a Emergency Room RN.

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May I suggest bringing this phone back? This might solve the problem! No? I've heard they're on sale on some of the thrift stores in your neighborhood. :sarcastic: ;)

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bgxyrnf has 10 years experience.

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What's silly to me about these rules is that I carry a large number of clinical and language references on my phone. I use it appropriately and ignore the stupid rule.

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Been there,done that has 33 years experience and works as a case manager.

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Your facility is lenient. I completely agree with the zero tolerance policy for personal cell phone use while on duty. If you are observed using your PED, security walks you out the door.

The assistant manager may, or may not have known you were working when the text was sent. You have time to check important messages on your break, and after clocking out.

There are waaay to many hospital workers goofing off , playing on their phone.

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Been there,done that has 33 years experience and works as a case manager.

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What's silly to me about these rules is that I carry a large number of clinical and language references on my phone. I use it appropriately and ignore the stupid rule.

It won't be a stupid rule if it gets you canned.

The facility provides you with all the reference material you need. Put the stupid phone down.

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Irish_Mist has 100 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Registered Nurse- cardiac neuro telemetry.

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I carry my phone with me as there is no specific rule on our unit against doing so. My nurse manager doesn't mind as long as people aren't constantly on their phone texting, playing candy crush, etc especially in front of visitors and patients. It does project a bad image. I keep my phone handy for when I need to make a quick calculation, look up a med (I like my skyscape app more than Lexicomp), and set myself some reminders to keep on top of things. Banning cell phones all together punishes everyone rather than the true culprits who just play on their phone all the time.

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TheMoonisMyLantern has 10 years experience as a ADN, RN and works as a RN.

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It won't be a stupid rule if it gets you canned.

The facility provides you with all the reference material you need. Put the stupid phone down.

That's a big assumption saying that the facility provides all the reference materials needed.

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Care&Joy works as a ER the past 2 years; Newly accessed 1LT Active Dut.

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That's when you make a meeting with your boss & ask to be reimbursed for 50% of your personal phone bill or give them the option to provide a cell phone for work. Tell them your phone is your personal phone & not for constant work use unless expenses are shared. You have that right to at least have this conversation.

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OMG. Agree totally!! Use of private cell phones by too many nurses/cnas etc..is horrendous..... not only in plain sight of everyone, but in Pt. rooms, or hiding in Pt bathrooms, or stairwells while patients, MDs are left unattended. Time spent on private telephone calls is stealing time meant for patient care...and that is not what you are being paid for!! As a supervisor, I was forced to warn and ultimately terminate repeat offenders that cell phone use was prohibited on the floors...no excuses. Check your phone on your coffee or lunch break. If there is a REAL Emergency, your family, friends etc can call the hospital and you will get the call. Rules are rules. You are not a focused nurse if your attention is constantly interrupted by your pocket buzzing. Tell your family and friends...don't call me....I'm on duty!!

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Your facility is lenient. I completely agree with the zero tolerance policy for personal cell phone use while on duty. If you are observed using your PED, security walks you out the door.

The assistant manager may, or may not have known you were working when the text was sent. You have time to check important messages on your break, and after clocking out.

There are waaay to many hospital workers goofing off , playing on their phone.

Just me, but I don't think anybody should have to check their cell phones for messages from their employer when they're on their break or otherwise off the clock. If it's that important, management should call the nurse on the unit phone.

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NuGuyNurse2b works as a Student Nurse.

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I love irony!

Except the situation described in the opening post isn't ironic; it's actually hypocrisy.

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Been there,done that has 33 years experience and works as a case manager.

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That's a big assumption saying that the facility provides all the reference materials needed.

I have worked in at least 10 facilities. One for 14 years, several as agency and traveler with minimal orientation. I never needed to do my own research on my personal electronic device.

If a had a question RE: meds, I had the pharmacy or Micromedex on the EHR to consult.

If I had a question regarding disease management, I called the provider.

If I had a question on policy and procedure, I would call supervision.

What reference material do YOU think has to be researched on the almighty cell phone?

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RobbiRN is a RN and works as a ER RN.

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I have to weigh in with the apparent minority on this one. My phone stays in my locker while I'm on the clock, and I check it only on break. The hospital bought my time and my patients deserve to have it. I'm mystified how some nurses manage to find so much time at the desk on their phones even on days with the ER is totally overrun. Getting patients to shut theirs off so we can get on with evaluating and treating their emergency is a whole different can of worms... We do have voice activated communicators clipped to out pockets which work throughout the facility, and if anyone really needs to find me, I'm reachable. (There are probably already some great studies on lost productivity due to cellphone abuse.)

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