Quote from Sam J.
What could be more vulnerable than texting anyone, anything, EVER? It will all end up on Google. Sounds like the ADON must have lost her mind to resort to such a violation of patient privacy. Seems there must be a real issue with compliance, and that's best solved before a nurse leaves the building, and before that nurse ends up the couch, on her 'own time', despite the fact that she didn't complete her work. After all, it's real possibility that when a nurse leaves, she might not ever come back- and that leaves the employer in a 'situation', if the work wasn't done. And if she didn't complete her work, her paycheck should be held, of course. Seriously, what business pays its employees that don't do their job? And that does include an ADON that can't manage staff in real time, but makes the very bad decision to manage by 'Google'.
Uhh, you realize that my response was BEFORE the OP responded that she was text erroneous information and the non payment information right??
The focus of the question IS does it sound like a HIPAA violation- it sounds vulnerable and a breach...I answered the question. Nuff said.
I will say, what the ADON is doing is unfortunately NOT new. I'm not supervised when there is a texting culture that has taken over...even on company phones. Some do it for a "paper trail"; I've had a supervisor (I am a supervisor) call my phone and state a pts full name, even after the question was answered and documented; stated pts full name and pt specific information on my cell phone.
Unfortunately it happens; if anything, the OP could get risk management involved (anonymously) to answer their questions to verify a HIPAA violation.