HIPAA Question or ethics issue?
- 1Jul 26, '12 by somedaypedsI am a private duty peds nurse. The mom of my tiny patient has a special blog that is for people who have kids with chronic issues to post updates on how the child is doing. She has given me access to view the blog. Is subscribing to this blog a HIPAA violation? Or could it be a nurse ethics issue?
- 1Jul 26, '12 by jt43I can't imagine any circumstance where subscribing to a blog would be a HIPAA violation. If you posted or shared info, that would be another story, but merely subing and viewing a blog is in no way a HIPAA violation. As far as ethics, there are boundary issues involved, but it's a grey area. Does your wmployer have a policy about this?
- 2Jul 26, '12 by tewdlesWhat would be the purpose or intent of visiting and reading this blog?
I would suggest that her blog is a personal thing and that your professional boundaries would be less tested by avoiding that sort of personal interaction...you just can't anticipate where some paths lead.
just my honest opinion.
- 3Jul 26, '12 by PacoUSA, BSN, RNSimply stated: it's better to err on the side of caution and avoid any participation. You never know how something like this can be construed by crafty lawyers looking to uphold client's rights to privacy (trust me, I know).
- 1Jul 26, '12 by pandora1002Quote from somedaypedsI don't believe it is a hippa violation to look at or read the blog; these are not hospital records and you are not sharing information. It may however be crossing a professional boundary, and that could cause all kinds of issues in your relationship with this family. I would say "thanks, but no thanks."I am a private duty peds nurse. The mom of my tiny patient has a special blog that is for people who have kids with chronic issues to post updates on how the child is doing. She has given me access to view the blog. Is subscribing to this blog a HIPAA violation? Or could it be a nurse ethics issue?
- 0Jul 26, '12 by itsnoworneverI don't see it as either. Ask your employer to get their view...but maybe mom just wants someone to talk to and doesn't know how to talk? I for one know that when I am upset/hurting I prefer to write instead of talk, so maybe that's how she is? Gets her feelings out to you so that it's easier for her to express frustration/anger/resentment with regard to her child's issues and "fate" instead of flat out telling you and risking it coming out wrong.