Smartphones and computer tablets: Friend or foe?

Cynthia M Thomas, Constance E McIntosh, Jane A Edwards


The use of smartphones and computer tablets are fast becoming commonplace in healthcare organizations and schools of nursing. Nurses, students, physicians and other providers are using these devices to enhance their practice, improve patient care and outcomes and ease cumbersome and outdated methods of communication. However, smartphone and tablet use is raising serious questions as to potential legal and ethical issues and how well prepared providers are in regards to policy and procedures. Additionally, are providers policing themselves to ensure patient privacy is protected?


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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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