Just a quick query, if y'all don't mind.
Occasionally, if something cute or otherwise occurs during my day, I'll make mention of it on Facebook. No names, if it involves a patient. Usually gender neutral. And always something so generic as to have occurred more than once a day.
Case in point, a little old patient who praised my blood drawing skills and said the clinic should hire me! Like she had not been my patient for 2 years!
Worded as: "Had one tell me today that I should be hired to draw blood!
Benign, nonsense stuff like this...can it be construed as a HIPAA issue? Just wanna know. Thanks.
Mar 17, '13
by Sadala, RN
Quote from SionainnRN
I learned the hard way to never ever ever puts anything on fb. If you have your employer listed EVERYTHING you do is a representation of them and opens a door for firing. Mention that your friend is in town and you're going out, the next am you post something about its your Monday, those two innocent things can be connected and it could look like you're working impaired from lack if sleep or alcohol. Most states are right to work and if you're on someone's bad side you can be fired. Just easier to post nothing about work, ever.
Putting down the NAME of your employer (unless its a professional work related account that represents the employer) IS just asking for trouble. Sharing details or evincing anything other than a sunny disposition when talking about work can definitely get you canned as unprofessional even without it being a hipaa violation if people can tie you to your employer.
It can also get you thrown out of nursing school, especially when combined with other factors. It can be the nail in the coffin. Seen it happen.
Work and Facebook: DANGER Will Robinson!
Last edit by Sadala on Mar 17, '13
: Reason: clarification