I have a question regarding nursing ethics and the opinion of experienced nurses would mean a lot to me! I am a student preparing to start my RN program in the fall but my question is regarding a good friend of mine who is currently a nurse in the same building as the family physician that both my husband and I see. We have been seeing our doctor much longer than her employment. Anyhow, I am wondering if she has access to our medical files, she would have no reason to because she works in an entirely different department, one day when we were talking, she refered to my doctor by name but I don't recall ever having shared that with her. She is a good friend but I didn't want to come right out and ask if she had looked. The facility is a branch off of a large hospital, in that kind of facility (Probably 50-60 of all practices) would nurses have access to different departments and medical charts of patients that are not cared for by the doctor they work for? I hope this question makes sense, any insight would be greatly appreciated. I thought about calling the doctors office and just asking, still may do that in the future.