When I was studying, I was amazed to find out that the privacy laws don't set limits on loud talking between health workers in a crowded room. The privacy rule, "is not a strict one."
I was deeply disturbed at work when the charge nurse would ask me for report right at the nurses counter in front of any visitor or outsider who happened to walk by.
I was too shy to argue or confront them about this, ie. Could we carry this discussion to the other room where people can't listen in?
I was even more disturbed to find out that if I close the door to a patient's room to talk with them about which diaper they should use
or any similar thing, this made me stand out from my co-workers and two co-workers demanded that I leave the door open, even when closing it calmed my patient down.
The law also allows nurses to share private patient information with abusive family members, even if they are a wide-open gossip and routinely spread rumors about the patient all over town :uhoh21: (a true-to-life case scenario)
This law applies, even when a family member's abuses of the patient include rape and even when they are literally driving them insane.
A patient's parents, siblings, and children can get private health information about them even when they are not qualified to have it and even if they don't have any genuine concern for the patient and only want to control them or make a spectacle out of them.
When you add to this that there are some ignronant nurses who strictly follow the legal guidelines
with no recognition that this is a threat to their patient and some relatives who are convincing liars,
I guess hospitals are not always a safe place to be.
Even a patient who can speak for themselves can't always convince their caregivers to save their faces.
Nov 23, '10
Here is an incident I observed just very recently, last week in fact.
I had to take my mother to a hospital in the capital city of my state, for a CT scan. While I was waiting in the x-ray waiting area for her, a worker....I assumed it was an x-ray tech, came out to talk to a man in the same waiting area.
She called out his name, so I knew who he was, she checked his name band, and the man and the person with him had some questions, so she went back to get the answer from someone else and came back. I overheard that the man was having a BE.
So right there in that waiting area I overheard quite a bit of confidential information that I should NOT have heard.
I didn't hear it intentionally......but I was sitting right there....I couldn't help but over hear it.
I didn't do anything about it......I have already forgotten what the man's name was by now, so I wouldn't be able to provide enough information now for them to figure out who the patient was and who the tech was....I guess I should have done something then, it's too late now, but I was there for my mother and was thinking about her situation and not someone else's.
Anyway, my point is, you never know where or when your privacy is going to be violated. That worker COULD have been in serious trouble if I had done what I should have done that day.
I know the day and the time frame, but I don't know if that would be enough. If some of you more experienced on here, think it might be enough I could write a letter to that hospital and tell them what I overheard. Or does the complaint have to come from the patient?
Or just leave it alond? The girl could lose her job.
Last edit by 1dyclsr2rtrmnt on Nov 23, '10