Trudy, we were not in a "public place"....we were at the front desk, in front of the charge nurses computer, talking quietly. The nurse that tried to get us fired was standing there, acting as if she was part of the conversation. Since she is part of the unit, we felt no need to censor what we were saying, as it was about a patient on our unit. Her "turning us in" was nothing but retaliation.
I have asked myself many times why we did not call her on what she said at the meeting. Believe me, I was ready to. When she started spouting off how we are all on the same side and a big "family", I wanted to interject and say, "Excuse me....but aren't you the person that called up here and started verbally abusing our charge nurse? Aren't you the same nurse that will hunt down a CNA to empty a urinal?" I DID say that "actions speak louder than words", but thats it. There were probaby 20 people at the meeting, and there was an HR representative there. Had I said anything, she would have looked like the oppressed hero, and I would have looked like a villian.
Regarding the offended patient, I am kicking myself for not writing her up on that. To do so now would lower me to her level. Informally, our manager was notified about the incident, but nothing was done about it.
I plan on ignoring her. I may have to work with her, but I don't have to like her. I wouldn't even consider requesting a transfer. I love my job, my unit, and my coworkers.
She called in sick tonight btw...so SAD when that happens.
PS...I had no idea that it is spelled HIPAA, not HIPPA!