RN student and asking about personal meds?

  1. 0 Hello! I will be starting nursing school in a few weeks (YAY!) but was curious about a question on my physical. It asks us to list all of the medications we currently take. I am totally fine with handing over immunization records but isn't sharing what meds I take a HIPAA violation?
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  3. Visit  ilovemicrobiology profile page

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    Joined Apr '10; Posts: 23; Likes: 2.

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  4. Visit  CT Pixie profile page
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    Its not a HIPAA violation if you hand it over. It would only be a violation if someone gave it to them without being authorized by you.
    pinkchris2000, Debilpn23, JM RN, and 1 other like this.
  5. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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    Valid question for a valid reason.
  6. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    Quote from ilovemicrobiology
    Hello! I will be starting nursing school in a few weeks (YAY!) but was curious about a question on my physical. It asks us to list all of the medications we currently take. I am totally fine with handing over immunization records but isn't sharing what meds I take a HIPAA violation?

    NO. It is a confidental record that contains your information. If they posted it on facebook or on the community board at the school is a HIPAA violation. Taking a picture of your record and sending it to someone else is a violation. Asking you to fill out your medical record in not a violation.

    http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa...ary/index.html
  7. Visit  Seas profile page
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    It is not a violation. First of all, they are asking you, not your friend about you. Second, they need it; there is a reason for asking.
  8. Visit  relysh82 profile page
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    I have the same quesion on my physical form. I am also not entirely comfortable with this as a requirement, but I can see some of the reasoning behind it. and really its not like they are going to have all the instructors sitting in a circle reading these forms saying "SHe takes WHAT?! or He has THAT?" But still....
    JM RN likes this.
  9. Visit  ashleyisawesome profile page
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    its really to CYOA.. if you are prescribed vicodin to take PRN for back pain because you were in an accident 2 years ago and have chronic back pain, they arent going to deny you entrance to nursing school. but if you dont disclose it to them, and you hurt yourself at clinical and they give you a drug test that happens to turn out positive for opiates, you might have a messy situation on your hands.

    and no its not a HIPAA violation for reasons explained above.
    xtxrn and BuckyBadgerRN like this.
  10. Visit  ilovemicrobiology profile page
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    Thanks for all of your replies!
  11. Visit  VioletKaliLPN profile page
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    my physical had the same questions. i am bi polar and i take 2 controlled substances, not an issue at all.
  12. Visit  GrnTea profile page
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    this is probably as good a time as any to get people to go look up what the actual hipaa rules are. i see far too many people who say, "i can't tell you that because of hipaa" when what they really mean is, "i slept through that inservice/i am too lazy to get up and read the guidelines in the binder on the other side of the desk/my brother-in-law's first cousin is a lawyer and she says i shouldn't talk to anybody about anything i see in the hospital."

    NoseInABook, Esme12, MunoRN, and 4 others like this.
  13. Visit  tyvin profile page
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    Although we have this kumbaya attitude about putting all your meds down I would be cautious. There have been instances I know of where discrimination has happened due to disclosing pain and psych meds. I'm not saying it happens in all schools or jobs but it does happen. I always put down no meds and let the chips fall where they may. I guess I'm old school but it's none of their f r i c k e n business ... especially in school.

    Please don't bother with the examples of life and death; I've heard em all and I've also seen a good RN destroyed due to this type of disclosure as well.
    cherrybreeze, morte, ybq2008, and 2 others like this.
  14. Visit  momto2j's profile page
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    I do have concerns about the pre-employment physicals. Are they usually given after an offer is made?? I'm diabetic, can I do the job, YES. Am I going to be more expensive to insure ABSOLUTLY!! If it comes down to me and an equally qualified canidate with no preexisting medical issues, guess who I am going to hire??
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  15. Visit  xtxrn profile page
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    Quote from grntea
    this is probably as good a time as any to get people to go look up what the actual hipaa rules are. i see far too many people who say, "i can't tell you that because of hipaa" when what they really mean is, "i slept through that inservice/i am too lazy to get up and read the guidelines in the binder on the other side of the desk/my brother-in-law's first cousin is a lawyer and she says i shouldn't talk to anybody about anything i see in the hospital."


    i absolutely agree with most of this :d but talking about things in a hospital is probably not a good thing to do with people who know the situation but are not part of the care. specifics with non-care personnel would be a problem :d


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