It may seem an obvious question - of course you shouldn’t allow nurses and students access to their mobile phones while working. This could lead to an irresistible temptation to message your friends or check your social networks.
However, as a dyslexic student, I theoretically have the right to use my mobile phone on the ward to make notes, check details and to use my calculator.
I have to confess that I haven’t used this privilege much, if at all. The reason is simple, I am too afraid of the stigma that surrounds using a phone at work.
On the rare occasion that I have used my phone to check a fact, I was promptly told that using phones was not allowed. When I had explained my situation I was still aware of the other nurses’ gazes.
I’m not sure what the answer is and I honestly have mixed feelings about it.
On the one hand I can fully understand the view of many staff and patients. The sight of a nurse fiddling about on a mobile phone does give an air of unprofessionalism even if the reason why that nurse was on the phone was totally legitimate - to check a fact, to use a calculator, to namecheck a condition or a drug.
Do you think that if we could get rid of some of the stigma attached to using a phone, nursing could become more safe and productive?
A nurses is more likely to have a phone in their pocket than a calculator, so would that mean we would have less drug calculation errors if the nurse could feel comfortable just checking on their phone?
Now that phones are becoming increasingly more sophisticated could it be that they could become an indispensable tool for the modern nurse or just another distraction in an already hectic environment?
I would love to hear what people think.