Managing your digital work life
Kandie Brothers MSN, RN, CNL
Charlotte Davis BSN, RN, CCRN
Diane Kelton BSN, RN
Stacy Shuss RN

Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!
June 2014 
Volume 12  Number 3
Pages 6 - 10
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As technology continues to advance, the healthcare community has benefitted by utilizing innovative electronic devices to improve our efficiency, communication, diagnostic capabilities, patient and staff education, and clinical outcomes. Many hospitals are using devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops to assist healthcare personnel while performing their duties.However, there are times when using these devices can send the wrong message to our peers and patients. Inappropriate electronic device usage can convey to others your lack of attention and even disrespect. In this article, we give you tips on when to stow your devices and when to use them to improve patient care.You should consider turning off your electronic devices or switching them to silent mode during professional presentations, formal organizational meetings, and patient care.When your peers have spent time and effort to research data, compose a presentation, and arrange for a meeting location, you should convey your appreciation by giving your team members your full attention. When cell phones or pagers sound during a presentation, it can distract the speaker and audience from potentially in-depth concepts that require everyone's full concentration to understand. Unless your personal smart phone, laptop, tablet, or e-reader is part of an interactive presentation, these devices should be turned to an off position.When you're attending a formal organizational meeting, your attention should be solely focused on the topics that are being discussed-topics that can impact your clinical work area or your job role. It's vital that we engage interactively during organizational meetings while discussing, planning, and evaluating new policies, systems, treatments, and protocols that impact clinical outcomes. Nurses possess a valuable and unique insight that can dramatically improve the productivity and efficiency of the organization, as well as the clinical outcomes of the patient population.If you're

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