Be Careful When Posting - page 3

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    I post with my image to remind myself not to say anything I wouldn't say to an employer. People need to always be self conscious that even if things are "private" people have ways of finding information.

    I don't ever talk about work. I rarely speak of school. O.k. once I said something about work, but it was vague and a simple "sometimes my patient's circumstances move me to tears of compassion". Nothing more. I do not discuss issues with coworkers, and try hard to avoid even voicing my disgruntledness (if I have any) with coworkers, because it will ALWAYS get back to someone, and normally the wrong someone.

    I once made the mistake of saing vaguely I was upset with someone on dayshift (I work nights), and within a day, someone on day shift was calling me saying they heard I was mad at them. Yet, I never even named an individual. The person who called was not on my bad list. I actually adored that person, but it was lesson learned, trust no one. I'm lucky to like almost every single person that I work with, so it makes things easier when bad things happen. It's a rarity to love your job and coworkers and I am happy to be where I am.

    Normally I discuss my children. Or my personal life adventures. My patient's lives, however, are not mine to share.
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    Quote from RNsRWe
    I cautioned a student on the student forum about using real names and email addresses (especially those including their actual names!). I have cautioned against photos and insanely clear identifiers.

    All I got for my trouble were the attitudes/responses that it was "no big deal".

    Me, I'm all for sharing only what you'd be willing to post on your employer's bulletin board--complete with your photo!
    Exact same thing happened to me. Wanted to hear nothing about what I was saying..okee dokee, leave your full name and city/state in your bio, the ramifications of doing that will then fall on you. Don't say you weren't warned.
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    Couldn't have said it better myself TheCommuter! You must have read my mind... This is like a breath of fresh air, because I fear for those who post too much info. Lol. Thank you!
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    And you know what? While the primary focus here on this thread is how you can be identified by employers and co-workers, I'm MORE concerned (MUCH more, actually!) about the possibility of a crazoid.

    Someone who maybe thinks they "know" someone by their posting...and wants to get closer. And now here's the unsuspecting person posting their photo, hours they're at work, hours they're at school (and the school is of course posted), where they go when they're not home, the names of their kids and their schools. And I can't help but wonder when the next time an AN member is going to make the headlines in a tragedy because they led someone DIRECTLY to their door.
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    While I agree, I hate the fact that we truly lose freedom of speech with our career choice. I wouldn't dare to share phi, but if I want to rant about something that actually happened and it offended an employer, perhaps they should fix the problem to the best of their ability?
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    No one is taking away your freedom of speech. You are free to post but you must realize there are consequences to some postings.
    NRSKarenRN, Jolie, VivaLasViejas, and 3 others like this.
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    Quote from eatmysoxRN
    While I agree, I hate the fact that we truly lose freedom of speech with our career choice. I wouldn't dare to share phi, but if I want to rant about something that actually happened and it offended an employer, perhaps they should fix the problem to the best of their ability?
    In that context, II don't know that you "lose" any more freedom than any other profession
    If I were a plumber and my boss found me online ranting about him and my coworkers, I'm pretty sure the consequences would be the same. The difference is that you've made yourself a little easier to find by joining a site dedicated to ranting nurses.
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    Make sure you look at the hospital's social media protocol. There are a lot of things they can fire for or get students expelled for. We just fired someone from our unit for posting about something that was in the media about our hospital. Don't poop where you live!
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    Quote from NicuGal
    Make sure you look at the hospital's social media protocol. There are a lot of things they can fire for or get students expelled for. We just fired someone from our unit for posting about something that was in the media about our hospital. Don't poop where you live!
    Excellent point! My hospital has made it clear that no PHI may be divulged over social media. I hardly post anything about work but it is usually something very vague like "busy shift" or "day 2 of 3 at work this week" etc. But nothing that could link me to a single patient. That's just asking for trouble.
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    As I have stated before, this is not a true representation of me. That's not my real nose.
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