Will I get in trouble ? ? ? - page 9

by Congababe13 | 17,215 Views | 97 Comments

Hello, I am a 2nd yr nursing student, I graduate in May. I had an OR observation yesterday and was able to watch an endo lap chole. I may add that I was very excited as my goal is to become an OR nurse. When the gallbladder... Read More


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    Yay good news! The presentation was a fantastic idea!
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    I've seen a lot of people say cell phones aren't allowed in clinicals.. in my school, or at least for all of my clinical classes so far, having a cell phone is required. All of us students end up spread out throughout the hospital sometimes, and this is how the instructors communicate with us and we communicate with them (text).

    Having said that, we'd get kicked out if we were caught taking pictures of ANYTHING related to patient care.
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    That's great that you know your schools policy on cell phones, and more importantly FOLLOW it. In this case the OP KNEW that cell phones were NOT ALLOWED at the clinical site but chose not only to bring it, but then use it in the manner that she did. HUGE difference here.....

    Quote from moonchild86
    I've seen a lot of people say cell phones aren't allowed in clinicals.. in my school, or at least for all of my clinical classes so far, having a cell phone is required. All of us students end up spread out throughout the hospital sometimes, and this is how the instructors communicate with us and we communicate with them (text).

    Having said that, we'd get kicked out if we were caught taking pictures of ANYTHING related to patient care.
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    I'm so sorry you've been kicked out of school for this lapse in judgement.. It's sad (and scary) that humans aren't allowed to make mistakes anymore. Yes, this was a pretty big mistake, but it was a mistake, none-the-less. If I were a patient, I don't think I'd feel to comfortable knowing people were snapping pictures of my organs with no thought to how it may affect me or the people around me. That, I think, is what everyone is trying to impress upon you.. you did disconnect the patient from the organ and didn't think there was any harm in it. Other people showed you that there IS harm in it, as evidenced by the harsh penalty you're paying as a result.

    I wish you weren't getting kicked out of school for this-- but it does drive home how the smallest lapse of judgment can have an effect of life changing proportions.
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    Quote from tacomaster
    I'm noticing that you are still making excuses for your actions by blaming the nurses and others, etc. I noticed that you pointed out that you had children. I suppose that gives you a free pass to bring your cell phone? I'm just curious what you meant by that. I'm always curious because everyone clings to their cell phones these days. What did we do before them? I'm sure if something traumatic would have happened, someone would have been able to get a hold of you or it could have waited.

    I am a nursing student about to graduate in May as well. I am annoyed by some of my classmates who are incredibly immature and do not take their clinicals seriously. I feel, although this may be incorrect, that you were doing the same thing. Clinical time is to be spent learning, not to be taking photos so you can post them later to Facebook or show off to your friends and brag how super awesome you are. Yippy! OMG! Fo REELZ!!! You saw a gallbladder! You know you can open a medical book and see pictures of those right? You can even do a Google image search and view them there.

    When you make these excuses, you are just telling everyone that you think you are above the rules and that they don't apply to you. That is how the administrators and the dean will view this. They'll also wonder what you are capable of doing when no one is around. I don't even care about the privacy debate because it's more of an integrity and common sense thing to me.
    I did not take her post that way at all. I think she was just trying to explain the situation and atmosphere around her at the time and how that may have contributed to her lapse in judgement. I am always amazed by how harsh and judgemental people can be online. She admitts a bunch of times that she made a mistake, plain and simple.
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    Thank you iluvpatho . . . Much appreciated
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    I didn't see your post early enough on that Monday, but I thought of you all of that weekend. I'm really glad that everything worked out for you!
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    Quote from Bloomgirl118
    Interestingly enough she was actually allowed back in to school, as well as the three others expelled. Just thought it was an interesting case to follow. Update: Taking a Photo with a Placenta Won't Get You Kicked Out of Nursing School - Forbes

    Of course that was different in the fact that the instructor knew she was taking the pictures and in this case the instructor did not know, nor were the nurses happy about it happening.
    Right, she won based on the fact that her instructor gave her permission to take the picture, not because she didn't mean any harm by it.
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    You are VERY LUCKY they let you back into the program. After reading the OP's posts and all responses, the real question is why would you think it was okay to take your cell phone out AT ALL? Regardless of your knowledge or lack-thereof of HIPAA, wouldn't your judgment or even plain common sense tell you it is wrong to take your cell phone out and take a picture of someone's organs (identifiers or no)?? Like another poster said, makes me shake my head. Being at the point you are in school, you should have known better. That being said, good luck with your future endeavors.
    Last edit by Shorty11 on Nov 29, '12
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    Thank you so much Shorty for pointing out what everyone else on this thread has apparently missed - the lack of judgement, the lack of common sense, blah, blah, blah !

    I hope all of those who have left the harsh & unforgiving comments are able to go through their whole career as a nurse and/or student without making A SINGLE MISTAKE

    If you are not so lucky , I surely hope you are at the mercy of someone more understanding & forgiving than yourself . . .
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