Tracking RN's...why not Docs too??? - page 3

Posted on Thu, May. 30, 2002 Hospital to track nurses SYSTEM TO HELP PATIENTS RAISES PRIVACY CONCERNS By Putsata Reang Mercury News A new high-tech tracking system at Washington... Read More

  1. by   fedupnurse
    Nick, we thank God, don't have this in place. I think someone who does have it should try it. Hire some teenager to come into work with you and send that little baby all over the hospital: Pharmacy, blood bank, central supply, med room, x ray, various patients rooms. I think it would be hysterical to see their faces when they try to figure out how you did all that!
  2. by   Y2KRN

    Where I work we use a phone system and I find that this works well. Anytime a physician wants you he may call your extension. Then you can actually tell them I am doing this task for this patient or answer a question that they may have without disrupting the care you are giving to another patient.

    I would not want my every move recorded!!! I will quit nursing if it comes to that.

  3. by   nrw350
    Well in some respects the majority of our everyday movements are already recorded on video by survellance cameras.

    Also if hospitals start this tracking system, then other industries may start their own tracking. This not unlike companies reading email on the company network. I dont disagree that companies should not do that, but they should tell their employees if they are conducting some activities

  4. by   -jt
    <I love your idea of the remote controlled car. Instead don't bring it up to the suits that you did that. Let them come to you and ask how in the hell you manage that much speed.>

    Me too. I had a good laugh visualizing it - especially the part where she goes in to the office & demands an accounting of her activity. LOL. But then I had a horrible thought - the administration would probably send out copies of her "activity" report & hold it up as an example for all with the comments WHAT ARE YOU ALL COMPLAINING ABOUT? IF SHE CAN WORK THIS HARD, WHY ARENT ALL OF YOU DOING THE SAME???

    oy vey.
  5. by   nrw350
    Yeah, that indeed would be a problem. But in that case we would have to show them how the system was fooled by a kid's toy.

  6. by   -jt
    <Anytime a physician wants you he may call your extension.>

    Isnt it funny though how many things they are coming up with to deal with the problems that occur solely because we have too many pts & are spread too far & too thin? It seems they'll invent anything to neutralize the symptoms rather than accepting the diagnosis & treating the disease. Its just as useless as giving tylenol to a pt in septic shock. If a doc was looking for us, she might actually be able to find us without the need of phones & tracking devices if we didnt have so many pts all over the place assigned to one nurse. How about more NURSES instead of more stop- gaps? What a concept.

    The rationale that tracking devices are needed so doctors can find the nurses is ridiculous. All they have to do is get up from the desk & look in their pts rooms.

    The only tracking device Im in favor of is the one they should be putting on the narcotic keys.
    Last edit by -jt on Jun 2, '02
  7. by   nrw350
    Hmm, those keys disappear?

  8. by   -jt
    Not that they disappear but that they get passed around a lot. You never know where they are when you need them. I work in a 15 bed ICU - most pts are on some kind of ativan, fentanyl, versed drip or PCA or need pain relief/sedation prn. All you hear all day long is WHOS GOT THE KEYS??????

    If they want to use tracking devices, put them on that keyring!
  9. by   nrw350
    Oh ok cool


    PS: never been to the ICU
  10. by   disher
    LOL putting the tracking device in a remote control car is a great idea!
    JT, We used to hear wheres the keys? all day long too. Spoke to the pharmacists about cutting more narcotic keys they resisted at first but when nurses insisted it was an unnecessary waste of time to track down keys dozens of times in a day they finally conceded and cut more keys.
  11. by   nrw350
    I still would love to see the suit's faces when they saw the travel time of one nurse from one end of the hallway to the other for a pt call button response be less than 3 seconds. They are libel to expect that of all the nurses which would be a very bad thing.

    I should think that the tracking device should only be reserved for those who do not do their jobs. And need to have some additional incentive to complete things in a timely manner. The problem with this is that if is a short skip from being a means to help nurses get things done in a more timely manner to an across the board practice. So in the end, I say this is a bad idea and should not be put into place.

  12. by   Julie, RN
    We use this system at my hospital and I like it. If your doing your job as you should, you have nothing to worry about. It cut's down on the nurse being called into rooms for nurse aid type tasks and helps prioritize care. For example, I might be in a room doing a routine a.m. assessment and they can call me and tell me that room 3 is having chest pain.
  13. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    That is what we would all like for it to be used for, but nurses don't run the place.

    When I think about it, I feel uneasy.

    You could just as well be called to room 3 to "pull the covers up stat" and the device would be used to prove your poor customer service skills as you are once again denied----------(fill in the blank) at your review, staff meeting, revocation hearing........etc, by the administration that installed the device to "just help people"

    It may sound negative, but I didn't get this way overnight. Lucy has pulled away the football(charlie Brown comic referrence) too many times fro me to believe that I'll get to kick it.