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What Are Personal Communication Devices?

Personal communication devices (PCD) are mobile telephones, smartphones or other wireless two-way communications devices. This policy applies to all individuals identified by a department or division leader as needing devices and/or stipends for job-related purposes.

It is permissible for staff to use their own personal communication devices while providing direct care as long as the device follows protocol outlined for consumers that are line of sight or arms length supervised.

What are they?

A communication device is an electronic gadget that allows people to communicate with each other. This can include phones, email, text messaging, and social media. These devices allow people to share information with each other quickly and easily.

Modern personal communication devices (PCDs), such as basic and enhanced mobile phone (smartphones) and tablet computers that are owned by individuals, offer unprecedented convenience in our lives. In hospitals, PCDs enable registered nurses to access medical information and facilitate communications on in-patient units. However, their use also offers the potential for distractions that can interfere with work-related activities.

This study used a nationally representative sample to survey participants about their perceptions of the impact of PCDs on their job performance. Results indicated that the majority of respondents believe that PCDs neither enhance nor detract from patient care. Additionally, generational differences were observed regarding the perceived impact of PCDs on their jobs. The implications of these findings are discussed.

What are the benefits?

Communication devices are useful for staying connected to your colleagues and friends. They also help you work faster by allowing you to communicate with others from any location. Furthermore, they allow you to stay up-to-date on the latest news and events in your life.

Moreover, they enable physicians to have access to the latest drug information as well as free up their time to concentrate on patient care. Additionally, they can easily contact medical experts in different parts of the world to get on-the-spot advice.

However, they have some drawbacks as well. For example, they can cause distractions in the workplace and can blur the line between work and personal life. Also, they can potentially lead to privacy violations and may expose patients’ medical data to hackers. As such, it is important to be aware of these limitations and take steps to protect your communication device. For example, you should only connect to secure networks and make sure your software and firmware are updated regularly.

What are the limitations?

Despite their benefits, personal communication devices are a source of distraction for hospital nurses and can interfere with patient care. In a survey, nurses reported that they often saw colleagues distracted by their phones and were themselves occasionally distracted by phone calls, texts, or other communications. This was true for both young and older nurses.

Using a communication device while on duty can lead to work-related distractions, but there are also security concerns. It’s important to keep your devices up to date with the latest software, back up important data regularly, and use strong passwords to protect your accounts. Additionally, it’s crucial to only connect to trusted networks and to turn off unnecessary services and features when not in use. This will help reduce the risk of hacking and data loss. Additionally, make sure your devices are kept away from hot or humid environments as this can cause them to overheat. This can lead to damage or shorten the life of your device.

What are the security measures?

Taking steps to protect personal communication devices can make them less susceptible to theft and other threats. For example, avoiding downloading software or opening email attachments from unknown senders can help reduce the likelihood of malware infection. It’s also important to keep devices updated with the latest security patches.

Additionally, a strong password can help ensure that only the intended user has access to the device. In addition, many smartphones and tablets include the ability to use a fingerprint reader for log on, which can offer an additional layer of security.

While the convenience and functionality of personal communication devices can be a huge benefit to users, they also pose security risks for the university when storing University data. Taking the time to learn about these risks and take action to improve security can go a long way toward protecting the device, its data and the University from cyber threats. To do so, it is critical that individuals understand their responsibilities and follow the guidelines outlined in this policy.

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