Another run of the mill "did I violate". - page 2

by hhnurse0407

I've been a nurse for 6 years and never had a breech that I know of. I always try to be extra careful. I work as a home health nurse and we regularly keep each other up to date on patients in our area as we all can cover each... Read More


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    This is a very minor violation and unless someone turned you in, it's something that you'll never hear anything about. Like someone said, chalk it up to a lesson learned!

    And you're right, there were some unnecessarily rude. Just because you asked a question doesn't give people a right to answer in a rude manner.
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    I think you did violate thier privacy, whether you were trying to be mean is not the point. In this case she did not seem to mind that you and the other person knew, however that will not always be.

    You were talking to her as a friend and brought up privileged information, in front of someone else. I would have been very embarrassed and felt betrayed by you and the company.
    Last edit by Daisy_08 on Jan 24, '13 : Reason: Spacing
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    Quote from drowningdaily
    It sounds like she was happy to share. I actually have cared for neighbors and former teachers and it is a challenge. I now work several towns away, which has simplified things!
    But it is up to the patient to initiate that sharing, not the nurse.

    OP: yes, you did violate HIPAA. However, it seems like this incident has probably resolved itself without consequences, unless said patient decides to file a complaint. You'll most likely be fine, so don't beat yourself up...however, learn from this mistake, because the next patient may not be as forgiving.

    I agree with Inori: the best way to handle seeing patients on the outside is to let them acknowledge you first. And let them set the tone for how they want the interaction to proceed. You may feel like you're being rude by doing this, especially if you developed a close relationship with the patient during the course of their care--you probably don't want the patient to think you're blowing them off.

    But patient confidentiality comes first and foremost. In public, they may ignore you. They may just want to say "Hi" and leave it at that. They may or may not tell others who you are. Or they may want to give you the full in-depth update. But it's THEIR call, and you have to make sure you don't misstep, even in the name of good manners.

    Hang in there
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