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Is it appropriate to use your mobile phone at work?

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Nurses are increasingly using their personal mobile phones at work to access the internet and check information.

What do you think?

  • Is it appropriate for nurses to use their personal phones in front of patients?
  • Is it necessary to have immediate access to the internet in a clinical situation?
  • Should nurses be able to access social media sites at work?
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  • Anonymous

    As long as it's work related I actually see no problem. I find using a mobile device in my day to day work fairly useful.

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  • Anonymous

    Nurses use their phones for personal texts, calls and facebook while on duty, even interrupting their work to answer calls and reply to texts. It is unacceptable but despite being told off they still do it. It is so unprofessional.

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  • Anonymous

    I have never seen a nurse access their mobile phone for any work related information, why would they when all hospitals now have internet access to appropriate sites? Why would anyone use their mobile phone battery or spend money when they can access health sites for free, it just doesn't make sense.
    Mobile phones where I work are only ever used for personal use, texts, calling friends etc.

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  • Anonymous

    They do use their phones for personal stuff while on duty; that's the point I was making, but they have it in their pocket and use it inappropriately when they are out on the ward. I've seen it many times. Internet usage is monitored when using hospital computers so they don't always use them for that very reason.

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  • Anonymous

    Internet usage is not monitored where I work so that gets abused too, nights are particularly bad. I have seen HCAs, students and staff nurses using their mobile phones for personal use on the wards, in the office, during handover and whilst sitting at the nurses desk - I find it unprofessional and disrespectful. The trouble is if a senior member of staff does it so will everyone else. If it's an emergency or you are trying to contact a member of staff via text then at least have the decency to go in the office and shut the door.
    If you want to access health information there are the ward computers, if you want to access drug info there are ward computers or the BNF. You could of course go down the old fashioned route of asking more experienced staff!
    I don't believe for one minute that staff need their mobile phones to access relevant sites.

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  • Ad infinitum, ad nauseum. Haven't we done this before?

    Eileen, how about a piece on the Tory MP responsible for the commissioning aspects of our Nu-NHS getting a job with Circle, the healthcare ' provider' with £1.2 BILLION in NHS contracts, and how he gets the pittance of £50,000 for a 120 hour YEAR whilst I get £1,300 for an 87.5 hour week of nights?

    Isn't that what we should be indignant about?

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  • Anonymous

    You are employed as a health care worker whatever your grade. You are there to work not to organise your social life. You do not need a mobile In your pocket that includes drs, there are pagers and they can be program with different alerts, code calling systems, cordless phone for coordinators if required. It is respectful to give your attention to your patients or their family. Put your mobile in your pocket, in your locker/ cupboard, check it when you are on your break. If its emergency I am sure the ward telephone number is a guaranteed way if getting you ASAP.
    Internet use is required, but most be used appropriate. Put a staff access computer in a staff area if necessary or even pay as go computers.
    Having said all that staff can get apps which are useful but better to limit to job wise requirements not Facebook or twitter and use away from patient areas.

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  • Anonymous

    good to know some hospitals are i.t. equipped for the 21st century, but where i work the nice guidance app on my phone accesses info about half a day quicker than the ward computer.

    i work with the elderly mentally infirm, so being able to access info in my pocket about arcane chronic aches and pains is useful, and when it comes to reminiscence i can look up inter-war starlets and crooners on the go.

    however, as most people assume you've got your phone out for facebook rather than to enhance patient care, i am conscious of how it appears if there are visitors to the ward.

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  • Anonymous

    to add to my comment Anonymous | 17-Jul-2013 0:53 am

    you should have seen his face when during a conversation i got my phone out, looked up and played him a video clip of the spotnicks, his favourite rock'n'roll band of the 50's and 60's. i hate to say it, but i never would have found the time to take him to the ward pc and look it up, etc.

    the beauty of mobile technology is it's there when you need it, rather than after a prioritisation negotiation between rmn's and ward clarks.

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  • Anonymous

    Here we are again. Fiddling while Rome burns. Let's not talk about the serious issues which are so intolerable that nurses should be taking to the streets in their hundreds of thousands to demand action!!! Let's talk instead about mobile phones. yeah. We can rant about that, can't we? And we get to haul out and use the 'unprofessional' word!!

    Bunch of twits.

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