18 statistics on nurses' mobile device usage

Two-thirds of nurses use a mobile device on the job, according to a new survey from Lippincott Solutions.

The survey of 1,921 nurses revealed the most popular mobile device among RNs working in hospitals is the iPhone (36 percent), followed by an Android phone (19 percent) and an iPad (18 percent).

About one in eight nurses spends three or more hours per day on a mobile device. Most spend considerably less time — 28 percent reported spending between 30 minutes and one hour on their devices each day, and 29 percent spend less than 30 minutes.

Most nurses use their mobile devices to access the Internet while at work. Almost half (48 percent) of respondents said their organization encourages them to go online to find clinical information or other work-related resources, and most of the rest say occasional use of online resources is permitted. However, 15 percent of staff nurses (and 5 percent of CNOs and nurse managers) say going online to find information is either only permissible as a last resort or forbidden by their organization.

Many hospital networks block access to certain sites. The most commonly blocked sites include Facebook (59 percent), Twitter (58 percent), Pinterest (52 percent), YouTube (48 percent) and LinkedIn (38 percent). While most organizations (89 percent) allow access to search engines, 21 percent block Wikipedia. CNOs and nurse managers reported being able to visit more sites than staff nurses.

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