**Alert**Our Right to Privacy as nurses??? - page 4

I am not sure if anyone has discussed this before but I think this needs action from us all.... I just went to the Secretary of State website to find out the status of my license and realized I... Read More

  1. by   Agnus
    Quote from nurse1995
    i just checked for my license, in the state of Pa. they have my town and state where i live, listed next to my name and the status of my license, you are right, any crackpot can find out where you live! I just went to the portal and i only had to list my last and first name , and, viola! there everything was! from my graduate licence number to my professional number!:angryfire What happened to our right to privacy? I agree.
    I guess the state says you loose that right when you assume the license. Again the BON is not concerned with nurses' rights or welfare. They are only concerned with protecting the public. That means protecting the public from us.
  2. by   bchboy
    You would figure that with the shortage of nurses you would want to protect the ones they have.

    Jim
  3. by   dorimar
    I honestly don't see how giving out our private home address(and that of our families) protects the public. If the public has a problem, I'm sure the BON will be in touch directly.
  4. by   dorimar
    Hey rjflyin,
    Just saw you rampart squad 51 note. That sure brings back memories!
  5. by   whiskeygirl
    Utah, unfortunately, lists city, state and zip.
    Washington has full name and birth date, no address.
    Illinois lists full name and city, state.
    Missouri lists full name, city and state as well.

    I protect my license MORE than I protect information about my bank account.
    I have been leary about this information being publicly accessible for a very long time. Anyone can look up information they don't belong seeing. Why does the general public need to be able to look up our license information? Make it easier for the public to report issues directly to the B.O.N, but don't publish our information on the net.
    Only hiring institutions, schools and the like should be able to access this information, IMHO.
    I see this as another way of being able to steal your identity. Just imagine how much more difficult it would be to clear your license of infractions someone else did while claiming they were you. Super scary!
  6. by   whiskeygirl
    1st Edition, check your PMs. I sent you the link to the WA State DOH.
  7. by   Plagueis
    Quote from whiskeygirl
    Utah, unfortunately, lists city, state and zip.
    Washington has full name and birth date, no address.
    Illinois lists full name and city, state.
    Missouri lists full name, city and state as well.

    I protect my license MORE than I protect information about my bank account.
    I have been leary about this information being publicly accessible for a very long time. Anyone can look up information they don't belong seeing. Why does the general public need to be able to look up our license information?
    I rechecked my CNA registry information yesterday, and it has my town listed, but not my address. Moreover, I was able to find the hometown of LPNs in this state not only by a LPNs last name, but I was able to search for one by a FIRST name only. In other words, even if a LPN didn't have a last name on her badge, someone could find her hometown by using her first name only, especially if she doesn't have a common first name. As far as license information that is accessible to the public, many news reports and articles encourage this so that the public can find out if their healthcare providers are actually licensed, or if they have any lawsuits or suspensions against them.
  8. by   pegasus12164
    State of Arizona posts Full legal name, any licensure you carry or have carried, any complaints against you and a category of it's nature but not what it actually was, positive drug testing, licensure on suspension or revolked. All information is on the web and is sent out in a quarterly mailing. Just basic stuff, but what gets me: they are known to be inaccurate or have a duplicate name. For example: one RN supervisor had her name listed as license being revolked. It never was, it was a clerical error because payment reached the office late to renew. The other, two people same names, different middle names. Was was RT the other RN. RT's name was listed as the RN who had license on suspension. So co-workers thought our RT was actually an RN who had her license revolked due to unsafe care. Hmm: that made for interesting talk around the water cooler. But I believe RT have a different governing board and it had been clarified and cleared.Gott to love the information hiway!:uhoh21:
  9. by   ElvishDNP
    In NC it's our name & city as well as other names you've had and any other titles you've held (like CNA). I am not crazy about that. I think it should be limited to name, license #, and any action taken against you. I think those should be fair game but nothing else.

    I agree with the poster who said we should Google ourselves. It's surprising what you can find about yourself!
  10. by   Agnus
    Quote from pegasus12164
    State of Arizona posts Full legal name, any licensure you carry or have carried, any complaints against you and a category of it's nature but not what it actually was, positive drug testing, licensure on suspension or revolked. All information is on the web and is sent out in a quarterly mailing. Just basic stuff, but what gets me: they are known to be inaccurate or have a duplicate name. For example: one RN supervisor had her name listed as license being revolked. It never was, it was a clerical error because payment reached the office late to renew. The other, two people same names, different middle names. Was was RT the other RN. RT's name was listed as the RN who had license on suspension. So co-workers thought our RT was actually an RN who had her license revolked due to unsafe care. Hmm: that made for interesting talk around the water cooler. But I believe RT have a different governing board and it had been clarified and cleared.Gott to love the information hiway!:uhoh21:
    The BON is a consumer protection agency. Just like contractor boards, just like medical boards. Information is listed so that the consumer can check you out. They have a legal right. They also have a legal right to know your name and license # and Town so you can be checked out. Some state boards may feel it is necessary to list street addresses to reduce doubt which "Mary Smith RN" they are looking at.

    When you assume a license to practice anything you give up certain rights of privacy.

    You have an option; educate your legislators that your safty is at risk by revealing certain information. Have research and specifics to back up your claims. Use this to petition for a bill to change the law.
  11. by   BSNtobe2009
    Quote from bchboy
    I am not sure if anyone has discussed this before but I think this needs action from us all....

    I just went to the Secretary of State website to find out the status of my license and realized I could type a last name of any licensed nurse and find there home address. Give it a try, I could find any of my coworkers old classmates etc... (this is in Ga., I am not sure about other states)

    I dont have much of a problem with it because I am a guy and dont think I will be stalked anytime soon but for the 75% of the female nurses out there it is a tragedy waiting to happen.

    As nurses, we deal with all sorts of people, both good and bad. I for one do not want my patients having my home address without my knowledge.

    I am going to send a letter to the Secretary of State to ensure this matter gets resolved but this is a heads up that I may need your help.

    Thanks
    Jim
    With the internet and the invention of the "Wayback" machine...if a psycho patient really, really wants to find out where you live....they can.

    I really wouldn't worry about it.
  12. by   BSNtobe2009
    Quote from whiskeygirl
    Why does the general public need to be able to look up our license information? Make it easier for the public to report issues directly to the B.O.N, but don't publish our information on the net.
    !
    Yup, that's exactly why.
  13. by   Agnus
    If you truly are afraid of some "crack pot" locating you stay off the internet. Do not have a phone with a listing. Do not give out your address ever to anyone. Do not have your address printed on your checks. Do not have your address of your diver's license. I could go on and on.

    As I said earlier I have found complete strangers who use a fake moniker online and have been able to positively locate them within minutes.

    Oh yea, when you go home from work don't go home you may be followed. (it has happened)

    I think a little reality check is needed. You can be located by anyone if they want to badly enough. Let's face it generally you are not that interesting to people for them to do this. Crack pots have stalked nurses true. Generally they do not go to the trouble of looking you up on the BON web site to find you because there are easier ways of doing it. Like finding you at work or following you home. Or checking out your car or license plate #, etc.

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