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Cell Phone Use at Work

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AJN The American Journal of Nursing: September 2018 - Volume 118 - Issue 9 - p 10
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000544955.59873.04
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While I agree that personal use of cell phones at work is improper, they are also a fantastic tool (“Not So Smart: Cell Phone Use Hurts Our Patients and Profession,” Viewpoint, June). I have seen my staff use their phones as a distraction technique while performing uncomfortable procedures on children. They have also used their phones to look up medications, calculate dosages, and pull up pertinent information while teaching families. I don't condone cell phone use for social media while at work, and my nurses don't take advantage—if using the phone for a personal reason, they always step out. When appropriate, the use of a cell phone by a nurse can enhance the patient's experience.

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