- 1Dec 3, '10 by LadyTiger44I just wondered... Has anyone out there been in trouble due to anything on facebook? On my old unit we took care of VAD (ventricular assist device) pts, and they are in and out all the time so you really get to know them in and out of the hospital in some cases. I was taking care of a pt who I was also friends with out side of work. My mom worked with me on the same unit as a secretary and he wanted to get a picture with us after I had discharged him. So we all took the picture and he said to make sure we tagged him on facebook, which we did. Someone that we were friends with on fb and worked with took it to management. We both got suspended with pay for a week pending the investigation and eventually fired. During the investigation they never contacted the patient, and when he found out he was very upset. I just wondered if anyone else had been through this. It has opened a new door for me though b/c I am going to do some travel nursing.
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- 6Dec 3, '10 by mentalhealthRNThat is rediculous. You had the consent of the patient. I would take that to an attorney. Have the patient/friend write a letter to the facility and provide a copy to the attorney. Sometimes people get carried away with this whole HIPAA thing and penalize people when there was no breech of anyones confidentiality. Geesh!!!
- 3Dec 3, '10 by aspire2inspireHi LadyTiger44,
I'm sorry that this happened to you, but thankfully your closed door transformed into an open window of opportunity for you! HIPAA regulations are so strict that I wouldn't dare engage in any public contact with current or former patients on social networking sites. When it comes down to it, it's just not worth it. Like the person who reported you, there are scavengers out there ready to devour your career and leave you with nothing. Therefore, we must not leave any crumbs on the table if you know what I mean. You're not alone though; many people today are finding themselves in trouble with their jobs and relationships because of the lack of discreetness on social networking sites. Let this be a lesson for anyone reading! Thanks for sharing your story.
- 5Dec 3, '10 by joanna73 GuideI had a friend post a rather innocent comment on fb, related to the unit. The friend was questioned, but nothing severe happened as a result. While fb is supposed to be "outside" work, everyone knows it isn't. In order to avoid issues with employers, I avoid posting anything about work, or nursing. The fact is, all content on the net is public domain. Why make even potential problems for ourselves? Not to mention, we all are familiar with the code of ethics and standards. Posting about work in any detail just equals problems.
- 0Dec 3, '10 by SCnurse2010I wouldn't have posted the picture. If the patient posted it and tagged you, that makes it clear the patient agrees. I can see being friends with someone you've cared for, especially since I'm in a relatively small town and a small town hospital. But again, leaving it in the patient's hands to choose to post takes it out of your hands. GL with your new position.
- 2Dec 3, '10 by MissKayRNI'm really careful about facebook and other social network sites in general. My page is 100% private, only my friends can see any of my pictures or postings. I also do not add people from work unless we are really good friends outside of work as well, and I never mention work or nursing on my page. Too worried about things I say after a bad day coming back to haunt me!
I have to say, though, that I have thought about this dilemma before. I work at an LTAC and have one repeat patient that I have formed a friendship with at work. I often want to add this person to my FB so that we can keep in touch in between their visits, but I have worried about crossing professional lines.