Are you aware of how you conduct yourself in public? - page 9

by rkitty198

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Hello I was wondering if as nurses, if you are aware of how you conduct yourself in public? I run into prior patients and family members all of the time, of which I never say hi unless they say hi first due to HIPAA and I... Read More


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    Quote from nerdtonurse?
    When you live in a rural area, it's hard not to run into people. I have ran into pts at the grocery store, etc., and it's weird. That's work. I'm home and not at work, so don't pull up your shirt for me to check your dressing in the soup aisle, like one guy did. Leave me alone.
    That's how it is here, too.
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    Quote from GooeyRN
    That's how it is here, too.
    Where my parents live, a small rural area in Wisconsin, most nurses become nurses so they can get a decent job. Most people already know each other even before going to nursing school. It's the patients that come from outside of the small city that don't know the nurses, but most patients from the city already know a good number of the nurses and other staff. Thats just how it is around that area.
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    Quote from whoknows56
    Where my parents live, a small rural area in Wisconsin, most nurses become nurses so they can get a decent job. Most people already know each other even before going to nursing school. It's the patients that come from outside of the small city that don't know the nurses, but most patients from the city already know a good number of the nurses and other staff. Thats just how it is around that area.
    Here, there are no jobs other than at the small hospital or school. So for many, it is take your pick, be a nurse or a teacher... or go work at the grocery store for minimum wage.
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    I guess my difficulty in remembering names will work to my advantage here. I am great at faces, but can't ever remember peoples names so i steer clear lest they strike up a conversation and I'm left scrounging for a name.
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    i live in a small town, 1 hospital and during my short experience as a student there i have encountered quite a few people whilst out shopping or just around town who have recognized me. i never say anything unless they do, as i mentioned a small town and well everyone knows everyone else. i am who i am my personal life is mine and my professional life just another aspect of who i am. i strive to treat others with respect always... and have been known to skip down an asile or 2, or sing a song whilst i am out and about enjoying my life.
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    people will be people
    whether doctor, lawyer, nurse or police chief.
    i smile and nod at my patients in public
    there's no hippa grief.

    my advice for those of us
    who enjoy getting smashed
    but want to avoid the fuss---

    do-it in private!!!

    why would you want the public
    to vent
    about your personal
    entertainment???
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    Quote from nerdtonurse?
    When you live in a rural area, it's hard not to run into people. I have ran into pts at the grocery store, etc., and it's weird. That's work. I'm home and not at work, so don't pull up your shirt for me to check your dressing in the soup aisle, like one guy did. Leave me alone.
    (emphasis mine)

    BosNsgStudent thinks you're vile for violating pt. privacy! You have no common sense! Because you know:
    "I know there are all sorts of legal loop-holes and things that people would point out if I tried to cite the portions of HIPAA that back up my opinion on this..."
    "if I ever saw one of my nurses or doctors in public I would expect that they wouldn't acknowledge me unless I went up to them first. Just makes it more comfortable for the person it involves- the patient."

    How dare you run into your patient outside of work?!
    And once they come at you, how dare you be human and civilized and acknowledge their presence and even ask 'how are you doing'?!! Have you no shame?
    You're guilty of violating HIPAA - of to the gulag with you!


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