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- Aug 12, '10 by grishVenting is essential in our line of work. What we have to protect is a pt's identity.
- Aug 12, '10 by Ruby VeeQuote from siringeanother nurse didn't bite the dust due to facebook; she bit the dust due to being stupid on line.i don't know the woman in question, yet news reports acknowledge that facebook has caused another job termination casualty in the nursing community. i know there are numerous posts regarding this topic, yet i figure sharing this may help someone think twice when placing job/career related postings on facebook no matter how private you think your posts are!follow the link to see why. what would you do?
- Aug 13, '10 by msbfreeI really feel that forums even this one should be used with the utmost discretion. The information displayed by someone here on this site which mentions "state of Texas " is taking it for granted that another state employee may not be able to identify that message.. Be carefull, not for the sake of lossing your right to speak your voice. But in some unfortunate turn of events that these site may become the weapon used against you to prove you have broken privacy requirements.
- Aug 13, '10 by nursel56What I find strange is that when the employee is quoted, it is spelled HIPPA , and when the hospital is quoted it is spelled HIPAA
- Aug 13, '10 by belgarionAddressing the question regarding talking about a patient to a priest, ANYTHING said in a confessional is is supposedly the most confidential information imaginable. Priests are not allowed to break that confidentialiy under pain of excommunication. So if you talk about a patient to a priest and get in trouble for it, it was probably your own big mouth that blabbed about it. Other denominations may not be so strict. Bottom line, why take the chance?
- Aug 13, '10 by Ruby VeeQuote from belgarioneverything i tell my personal physician is confidential as well. so i told her about the patient we had upstairs on the ventilator for a year as first one body part and then another turned black and rotted off, his kidneys failed, he stroked and laid there in excrutiating pain as his skin was sloughing off mouthing "i want to die! please let me die!" around the ett while the surgeon kept assuring his parents that "we can improve his condition and at least he'll be alive." i told her about the surgeon who can never let his patients go, or turn them over to someone else because they might not "save them." and then i told her that maybe anti-depressants weren't such a bad idea after all.addressing the question regarding talking about a patient to a priest, anything said in a confessional is is supposedly the most confidential information imaginable. priests are not allowed to break that confidentialiy under pain of excommunication. so if you talk about a patient to a priest and get in trouble for it, it was probably your own big mouth that blabbed about it. other denominations may not be so strict. bottom line, why take the chance?
had i seen her at a cocktail party -- which is possible since we know her husband as well -- i couldn't tell her any of this, but as my physician it's a protected communication.
- Aug 16, '10 by cloudwatcherHow do you know that she is a nurse?? It does not say that anywhere in the article, she could have been a receptionist or anything else at that hospital....
- Aug 16, '10 by bear_momAm I the only one who works at a facility that has a policy regarding social networking sites? About a year ago, the hospital came out with it and while I don't remember the specifics of the policy, it does mention termination if staff are found to have posted any kind of information regarding patients on line.
It was likened to having a discussion in the cafeteria where we can be overheard where someone who overhears us can determine the identity of a patient. You never know who knows who.......
- Aug 16, '10 by MattiesMamaI have a hard time garnering sympathy for this woman. First of all, the statements she made regarding the care of both patients (cop and the alleged cop-killer) just seem like an attempt to draw attention to herself and exploit a tragedy for her own personal gain. I don't see it as "venting", I see it as attention seeking. She apparently made not one but apparently 3 seperate postings about this incident-to what end? "Venting" doesn't cut it for me as an explanation-she could have vented with her co-workers, friends, and family in private. Instead she chose to publicly broadcast the fact that she was involved in this tragedy and express her personal feelings about the patient she cared for in a very unprofessional manner. It seems like she got some kind of "rush" from being involved in a high-profile news story and wanted people to know about it.
And she DID violate HIPAA because she used identifying information in her posting. Here's a quote from the article about the shooting:
"Cpl. Edwards was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The defendant was also taken to the hospital and is currently being treated."
Her post implied that she was involved in the treatment of both the police officer and the alleged shooter. She referred to the alleged shooter as a "cop killer". It doesn't take a genius to figure out exactly who she was talking about, since the story and the names of the two patients involved were on the public record. Furthermore, depending on the timing of the postings it's possible that she made them when the alleged shooter was still being treated at the hospital where she worked, so she put his safety in jeopardy. Her statements will also make prosecuting this man more difficult.
Bottom line, she was careless, unprofessional, and dumb. The hospital was right to fire her.