Cell phones in the work place.

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    Just wanted to get a snapshot of the country. What is your facilities policy for electronics during your shift. Let’s break this down to cell phones, laptops/tablets, and kindles. We are not allowed to have any of these items on our person while we are at work on the clock, only in the breakroom on your break. Where does everyone else fit in this?

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    Nedra Boothe

    Its a big “no-no”….only to be used in break areas…it is a big distraction!!!

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    AnthonyC RN

    Some of our Therapists use iPod Touch to chart. As for the nurses, I believe we can use them in break room/lounges but not on the unit. However, there are times when I am at the nurses station (and ONLY the nurses station) and need to look something up and use my Android to look up medications, procedures, test results etc etc via Medscape, Davis, Epocrates and no one has ever said anything to me about it.

    For me, using technology in my nursing career is incredibly helpful and I wish more people went in that direction. I used an iPod Touch throughout nursing school because it was easier than carrying around 75lbs of books to the unit during clinical.

    TL;DR = some people use them to chart and for references but in general it should only be used in break rooms and lounges in our facility.

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    Cell phones were allowed on our person, but I worked in an office and had my own office space. There was not abuse of the cell phone freedom, so we were permitted to have them in our pockets. Between being parents or the children of elderly adults, or having to communicate with our spouse or Drs office or day care, or the babysitter, or the neighbor who called to tell me that my dog was loose, etc, almost every one had legitimate reasons for carrying their phones, and no one abused the privilege, so it worked. There is obviously potential for abuse of this freedom.

    The some of the providers had smart phones to use to access the internet, but most of us just used our desk PCs for looking up medical info when we needed it. There were PCs every where, so it was not necessary to use a handheld device.
    In the ICU were my RN family member works, smart phones are OK to look up drugs etc and the employer has no problem with it. If you abuse it, then every one loses, so it self policing.

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