you are on the phone with the doctor . . .
that these co-workers ignore you only to
ask you later ‘You had a pt. going bad,
why didn’t you ask for help??’”
What is it about people needing to be
connected on an ongoing base? In most
cases, the information exchanged can wait.
What did people do before cells phones
and text messaging? They returned phone
calls when they had time. That time was
during a break, lunch, or when they got
home. Get this: I do not even own a cell
phone. Really! There is nothing that
important that it cannot wait until I get
back to my office or until I get home. As a
matter of fact, because an employer can be
liable if a car accident is caused by an
employee on a cell phone and because the
increased risk is significant, the health sys-
tem I work for does not allow cell phone
use when traveling on company time.
1Fenton & Keller. Workplace Law—Texting
While Working. Available at: http://www.
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2Tedeschi B. Texts From the Lifeguard Chair Are
Raising Concerns Over Safety. The New
York Times. September 19, 2010. Available at:
lifeguard.html. Accessed September 19, 2010.
3Fox M. Texting while driving kills 16,000 in 6
years. MediResource Inc. September 24, 2010
Available at: http://chealth.canoe.ca/channel_
channel_id=131. Accessed September 24,
4Stringer H. Texting and Driving: A Deadly
Duo. Nurse.com. September 2, 2010. Available at: http://news.nurse.com/apps/pbcs.
October 2, 2010.
5Drozak L. Time Lost = 8 Minutes. My Office
Assistant. October 1, 2010. Available at:
time-lost-8-minutes/. Accessed October 11,
Jim Lipcamon is the director of imaging services at
Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hospital in Council Bluffs,
IA and is editor-in-chief of Radiology Management.
He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in healthcare
management from Bellevue University. Jim may be
reached at James. Lipcamon@NMHS.ORG.