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I've worked in a NICU unit that used them. Apparently one of the parents had complained that "nobody checked on the baby all night," and so the idea
was to "prove to families" that nurses actually went in the room. We used to joke that they also had a built in microphone so they could monitor our every word in addition to our every move.
Ironically, the batteries tended to die within a couple of weeks, so they rarely worked anyway.
Exactly what my experience was with them.
The hospital admin. were all gushing about them for months. Emails were going out by the hundreds about "Be prepared for them" and "Any nurse caught not wearing their device or doing anything to alter the usefulness will be subject to........." blah blah blah.
Then the truth slapped them in the face.
All those nurses they were accusing of sitting at the nurses station all night doing nothing had proof that it was otherwise. They didn't like that.
No longer could they listen to parent/family complaints about the nurses not being around at all and just assume it was true. The trackers too often showed that particular patient actually was seen more frequently than others. So now they were in a position of having to tell these family members "Sorry, you got more attention than anyone else. You're just needy." They didn't like that.
On our unit, we often told the manager that too much of our night shift was spent hunting down the supervisor for supplies. They refused to give us keys to the supply room (*gasp* god forbid a roll of toilet paper be unaccounted for). Then they saw how often we were walking to the supervisor office at night (they rarely answered pages). They didn't like that.
So, the end result was: They gave the charge nurse on each unit a key to the supply room (along with book filled with policies about recording what is taken and why) and did away with the system less than six months after it was started. The information they got didn't support their "lazy nurses" accusations so, it was of no use to them anymore. Oh, and yes, a couple administrators got fired too but I doubt it was the ones who were the problem so.............