Privacy question - page 3

Hello, My spouse is currently hospitalized for a condition that is very private in nature. He had asked that NO ONE be told that he was there, in particular his family that he has a very... Read More

  1. by   widi96
    I'm with the majority here saying they are trying to blow you off, but I think they are being kind by telling you to go to the next higher up in the hospital. You've tried the charge nurse and management and been blown off both times. This hospital is not going to take you seriously. I would be calling the State Board of Nursing. Seriously - this is fundamentals of nursing information here. We must stand up for ourselves as a profession and allowing behavior like this is unacceptable and will just further the disrespect some have for nurses.
  2. by   NurseShelly
    Quote from TazziRN
    You could even go so far as to report the nurse to the BON. BONs do not take kindly to nurses breaking federal laws.......

    I think going this route may be even better than hashing it out with the hospital administration right now. The BON may move a little faster in investigating this and potentially getting you results you seek. I'm not sure how it works when there's been a HIPPA violation, does the hospital have anything to lose for aknowledging what this nurse did wrong?
  3. by   Ophelia78
    That is definitely a violation of HIPAA- here is the government website that describes how to report a violation: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacyhowtofile.htm

    Good Luck! Let us know what happened...
  4. by   gitterbug
    I have this statement committed to memory:"Due to Hippa rules, I am not allowed to identify whether that person is a patient at this facility. We do have a code system in place, do you have a code number I can type into the computer for further identification? If not, I suggest you call the family for further information on this matter. I hope you understand this is a federal law and we must observe federal laws. My name is, I hope you have a good day."
    Seems to work with for me. I attempt to deliver this message with as much politeness as possible.

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