Should nurses post on social media, HIPAA violation? - page 2

As I am sure many of you guys know by now, recently an ER nurse posted a video on Facebook regarding the flu. She went on a long rant on how people should be vaccinated for the flu and that people... Read More

  1. by   Alexx_xox
    Quote from NurseCard
    Ah, but she wasn't fired for violating privacy laws, she was fired
    because the post was "insensitive".
    But I don't think she was fired? I just heard she was reported but not fired?
  2. by   idkmybffjill
    They were referring to the ER nurse NurseCard mentioned: ‘New York Med’ nurse fired for ‘insensitive’ Instagram shot | New York Post

    (and *HIPAA on my original post that I can't edit now. )
  3. by   Randomnurse3
    If she didn't post any personal information about patients or any pictures of patients then no I do not feel it is a Hippa violation.
  4. by   not.done.yet
    Definitely not a HIPAA violation. Possibly not the smartest choice to post such a video even so.
  5. by   Munch
    Yeah the nurse that was fired in NYC for the trauma room photo was Katie Duke from NY med/NY ER. I watched the episode where she was fired and they indeed fired her because the photo was insensitive even though she was posting it because she wanted to show the extraordinary things going on in that ER. She has since found another job in another Manhattan hospital.

    As for the video the nurse posted about the flu I don't think she did anything wrong. Some people lack commonsense and need to be told to not bring a whole sports team into the ER to visit a teammate while the flu is killing people around the country...that goes double for the guy she mentioned that let his toddler crawl on the filthy hospital floor. Now would I post such a video? Absolutely not. But I keep a lot close to the vest when it comes to social media. I use facebook to post photos of my cats and my nephew that's about it.
  6. by   lovenurses2016
    Alex was asking for our opinions on the matter. Alex also mentioned that she did not think that the nurse(who posted on social media) violated HIPAA. So why are you guys attacking her????Anyways, I also don't think that the nurse who posted on social media violated HIPAA but see nowadays you have to be extra careful because some people will always try to get you in trouble for no apparent reason.
  7. by   brandy1017
    I was waiting for someone to post about her video. It was somewhat funny, but I could see how people would be offended and I wondered if she was going to face any repercussions at work. I don't think it was very smart on her part.
  8. by   kakamegamama
    Quote from Alexx_xox
    I truly am curious, why do you believe it is a bad idea if she isn't posting any personal patient info?
    You didn't ask me, but I'll chime in here. She specifically stated a softball team showed up.....any member of that softball team, if they are on FB, has probably already been able to identify themselves through the nurse's comments on social media, and if she also shared that story on the two entertainment/news sites, she went even further in "outing" a group of people who could be identified, along with the patient they were there to visit. Her 15 minutes of fame may cost her more than it's worth. Very unprofessional. Yeah, I get that it's frustrating, but if nothing else, professionalism requires a certain level of decorum that she didn't demonstrate.

    Because the FB video has gone viral, plus her interviews on the news programs, etc., there is the likelihood that someone somewhere will be able to identify those patients.

    Not a smart move on her part, in my opinion.
  9. by   Orion81RN
    She absolutely did not say anything about vaccinations. As an aside, I rather enjoyed her video and shared it to my own timeline.
  10. by   Orion81RN
    Quote from kakamegamama
    You didn't ask me, but I'll chime in here. She specifically stated a softball team showed up.....any member of that softball team, if they are on FB, has probably already been able to identify themselves through the nurse's comments on social media, and if she also shared that story on the two entertainment/news sites, she went even further in "outing" a group of people who could be identified, along with the patient they were there to visit. Her 15 minutes of fame may cost her more than it's worth. Very unprofessional. Yeah, I get that it's frustrating, but if nothing else, professionalism requires a certain level of decorum that she didn't demonstrate.

    Because the FB video has gone viral, plus her interviews on the news programs, etc., there is the likelihood that someone somewhere will be able to identify those patients.

    Not a smart move on her part, in my opinion.
    She stated that she changed the situation. She could have just as well been talking about church members visiting.
  11. by   kakamegamama
    Quote from kakamegamama
    You didn't ask me, but I'll chime in here. She specifically stated a softball team showed up.....any member of that softball team, if they are on FB, has probably already been able to identify themselves through the nurse's comments on social media, and if she also shared that story on the two entertainment/news sites, she went even further in "outing" a group of people who could be identified, along with the patient they were there to visit. Her 15 minutes of fame may cost her more than it's worth. Very unprofessional. Yeah, I get that it's frustrating, but if nothing else, professionalism requires a certain level of decorum that she didn't demonstrate.

    Because the FB video has gone viral, plus her interviews on the news programs, etc., there is the likelihood that someone somewhere will be able to identify those patients.

    Not a smart move on her part, in my opinion.
    Okay. It will be interesting to see how this all turns out. I still think it was unprofessional.
  12. by   Have Nurse
    HIPAA only involves protected info: Demographics, financial information, medical records and photographs of patients or clients. Employees are not covered by HIPAA in the workplace, for H.R. reasons.

    If she did not post photos or personal/medical information of others, she has not violated HIPAA. From what you state, it sounds like she was trying to educate the public.

    Many facilities have their own FaceBook page. I personally don't post on social media, other than this website but that's my preference.
  13. by   Wuzzie
    Quote from lovenurses2016
    Alex was asking for our opinions on the matter. Alex also mentioned that she did not think that the nurse(who posted on social media) violated HIPAA. So why are you guys attacking her???.
    I have read and re-read every single post and I fail to see even one sentence that could be construed as "attacking" the OP. What on earth are you talking about?

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