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 became visible on the monitor I took a picture of it with
my cell phone. The picture only included the endo monitor with NO identifiable
info on it. Is this a HIPPA violation? I was excited and didn't think anything
about taking a pic of the gallbladder on the monitor. The nurse seen me take
the picture and immediately told me that was not allowed and that I needed to
delete the picture, which I did.
Upon returning to the floor my clinical instructor had received a phone call from the hospitals edu department letting her know that they need to see me and to bring my phone. I went and explained what had happened, show them my phone to prove that the pic had in fact been deleted and I was told that was okay, I' not in trouble.
Today I get an email from the Head of Nursing at my school saying that I need
to come in and see her in the morning before I go to class. Can I be kicked out
of the program for this? She stated in the email that it was a HIPPA violation
but everything I can find states that it's not a violation as long as there is
not any identifiable information related to the patient.
Does anyone have any suggestions and/or advice about this situation or how to
handle my meeting at school tomorrow morning? Any information or suggestions
would be greatly appreciated . . . I did not mean any harm; I was just excited
to see the gallbladder come up on the monitor
I agree with the others who have advised to own your mistake, and do NOT say anything that sounds like an excuse ("I am a student, I'm here to learn" and the like). In my program I am sure that this would be grounds for exiting the program, as people have been exited for much less. It will also most likely damage the relationship your school has with this hospital. Doubt they will let students watch surgeries from now on. Best of luck- be honest and professional and your meeting. Let us know what happens.
Last edit by lalopop86 on Nov 15, '12