Results from Nursing Times’ annual survey have revealed that the majority of nurses believe staff should not be allowed to use their mobile phones on wards.
More and more health professionals have access to a smartphone that could potentially help with drug calculations and other clinical information, as well as communication with colleagues. However, they also pose a distraction from patient care and possibly an infection control risk.
Of the 2,147 survey respondents who answered a question on the issue, 57% said hospital staff should not be allowed to use their own mobile phone on the wards. This compared to 26% who thought it was OK and 17% who said they were “unsure”.
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