texting at work

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I don't know if it bothers anyone else, but I think that constantly texting at work (I mean constant, like their eyes never leave the phone) when you are suppossed to be taking care of patient's is so unprofessional. This is not just any job, we are nurses and we should be taking things seriously. It is so annoying to me especially when the person is ignoring their patients and the patient alarms, pumps, etc. Don't people know that you are at work and that you can not talk to them all day? What would you be doing before text messaging came around?

traumaRUs

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 30 years experience. 164 Articles; 21,179 Posts

I'm old and crotchety and today was the last straw: I'm on call and in the ICU and when I come out of the pts room, I wanted to give a stat order based on my assessment and the nurse caring for the pt was texting at the computer! Uh, excuse me?

I reported her to the nursing supervisor....something I've never done in 18 years of nursing!

Ugh!!!

Totally agree with you!!!!

Crotchety nurse gets off her soapbox with the help of her walker!!!

rbyrdrn

rbyrdrn

Specializes in Emergency. Has 6 years experience. 32 Posts

Very unprofessional. It has become such an issue at my facility that we were given a heads-up that a new policy regarding cellphones, ipods, and what nots, is coming. In the ER many of us have emergent apps/programs on our phones that we use, but that will probably not be affected. Of course if we continue to update our facebook page during a cardioversion that might change.

OhBoy123

OhBoy123

Specializes in Med/Surg. Has 1 years experience. 64 Posts

If I couldn't text at work I could not survive the shift

belgarion

belgarion

Specializes in Med Surg. 697 Posts

Totally agree. We have a nurse on the opposite shift who occasionaly works with us. She is texting from the minute she gets there until the end of shift. She seems to think that because we are on nights and the patients are asleep there is nothing wrong with this. I've heard (but not seen) that she was once texting with one hand while setting an IV pump with the other. Quite a few people are threatening to jerk the phone out of her hand one night and flush it.

The hospital has been really slow in coming up with definitive restrictions on texting. This is probably due to the fact that a large number of people who work here, including her, are the spouses, children, or grandchildren of board members. Gotta love those small town politics.

roser13

roser13, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC. Has 17 years experience. 6,504 Posts

If I couldn't text at work I could not survive the shift

Wow. What happened to simply working while on the clock?

It's shocking to me that texting/cell phones are allowed at all.

MedSurgeMess

MedSurgeMess

Specializes in Med/Surg, ICU, educator. 985 Posts

If I couldn't text at work I could not survive the shift

Sorry it's so boring for you....perhaps someone else would like it and not feel the need to text. At my facility, it will get you a write up, then termination. We are here for the patient, not for our entertainment.

Pepper The Cat

Pepper The Cat, BSN, RN

Specializes in Gerontology. Has 36 years experience. 1,771 Posts

I just don't understand this need to be constantly texting, talking, twittering, etc while at work. When I'm at work, I WORK! I can deal with people doing a quick call home on their break to check on their kids, but other than that, please - leave your social life at the door.

Edited by Pepper The Cat
because 'don't' changes the whole meaning of the postl

AnnieNHRN

AnnieNHRN

Specializes in med/surg, ER, camp nursing. Has 10 years experience. 101 Posts

If I couldn't text at work I could not survive the shift

That's the problem! How totally sad.

What ever happened to just doing the job you're being paid to do?

tokmom, BSN, RN

Specializes in Certified Med/Surg tele, and other stuff. Has 30 years experience. 4,568 Posts

I text my kids only on my break. If there is an emergency, they know to call the hospital number and ask for me. It's very unprofessional and dangerous to text ad lib.

We don't like people that drive and text, right? If you are texting, your mind is NOT on your job. I'd be just a bit ****** off if one of my family members was killed because of some dingbat nurse texting on her job. You could bet your sweet bippers, I'd be suing the nurse.

If anyone needs a reminder, put a picture of your paystub or better yet, your LICENSE, as your wallpaper!!

Guest219794

Guest219794

2,453 Posts

If I couldn't text at work I could not survive the shift

I am hoping this is a joke, or a troll.

If this is serious, please quit your job.

NurseStephRN

NurseStephRN

Specializes in Telemetry, IMCU, s/p Open Heart surgery. Has 3 years experience. 110 Posts

I think there's a difference between letting your texting/iPod use/reading, etc should be done when you are on a break or when you have some down time... it's not cool to delay patient care because you're texting or on personal calls.

i work nights, so we sometimes have time where we literally are just hanging out... patients are stable, sleeping, everyone's in sinus rhythm, etc, so we sometimes read the newspaper, play on iPhones and stuff. Just don't let it interfere with taking care of patients.