In this article, I'm going to talk about whether or not nurses get work phones.
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Some nurses may get work phones if their job duties require it. More times than not, nurses will get a device (similar to a wally talky) that will allow them to talk to other staff members, but it won't make outside calls.
In general, inpatient nurses aren't going to get work phones. The reason for this is because there's not really any need for them to have them.
I have seen nurses get communication devices that are more like walkie-talkies. This device would allow the nurse to communicate with other nurses or staff members in a hospital.
One example I have used is called Vocera.
It's a communication device that allowed me to call anybody in the hospital that had one.
The cool thing about this is that when you get added to the system, you can be called by saying your name i.e.
“Call John Smith.”
Departments were also added where I could just say
“Call blood bank.”
And it would call that department. It was a nice way not to have to remember extension numbers.
The Nurses That get Work Phones
The nurses that typically get actual work phones are manager-level nurses, such as nurse managers, team managers, and house supervisors.
These tended to be nurses who, if they were at home, management wanted to ensure they could reach you.