HIPAA violation or just a bad decision? - page 3

i have a question that may seem like a homework assignment but this is not. i'm concerned that a individual, that is a rn, may have made a big mistake. a nurse that is an assistant manager of a picu... Read More

  1. Visit  BostonTerrierLoverRN} profile page
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    I said it on another thread, and it's appropriate here too.

    "When it comes to children, it get's personal to the Nurse real quick!" A healthy child is fragile enough in our care. I think of the parents running into the ER. .

    and handing YOU their baby, with all the blind trust in the world. They "hand" you their baby, and thus put his/her life in OUR hands. I want to keep those hands clean, reliable, and dependable. Those hands should be a safe place to rest. Those hands should be protectors. They should only show the way to health and wellness. They should guide relentlessly to the path of safety, and security. They should be used to ease pain, and encourage comfort. They should always be trustworthy.

    I think there is so many things one can "Recover" from. But, Hands that are so quick to do "Intentional" and "Premeditated" harm without remorse; I don't see how a suspension or placement on probation could rehabilitate an Adult Caregiver.

    I swear I would feel the same if my friend or family member was guilty of this. It would hopefully be their last time to be guilty of such an HEINOUS event!

    Sorry, I am really trying to wrap my head around this.
    Last edit by BostonTerrierLoverRN on Apr 2, '12 : Reason: grammar
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  3. Visit  LindseyRN86} profile page
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    My cousin has Downs Syndrome. THIS MAKES ME SICK! If anyone of her caregivers took pictures or made fun of her you better bet they wouldn't be getting away with it! I would hope this person that you are trying to help do the "right" thing will understand that these sweet trusting little beings didn't ask for the life they live, they live this life everyday without complaint. Tell them that this is monsterous they need to remove themselves from this immediately and alert the appropriate authorities to handle this situation. We are nurses are to advocate for these innocent souls. THEY NEED PROTECTION as caregivers we are supposed to be honorable and understand and loving. Ok, enough from me.
    Last edit by LindseyRN86 on Apr 2, '12 : Reason: Add more content
  4. Visit  NurseCard} profile page
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    I'm speechless. I can't believe a real person would do such a thing. Unfortunately
    I don't believe the OP was just asking a homework question.
  5. Visit  GrnTea} profile page
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    op, if you're still reading, the person to report this to is the facility risk manager. s/he will take it from there. his/her job is involved with decreasing the facility's legal liability and risk for damages; this is a biggie, they're gonna have to pay, they'll settle in a heartbeat, and the people involved in the action and the cover-up will swing for it.

    you can be anonymous, but the longer you wait to do the right thing, the more they're gonna wonder why you did. do the right thing, do the right thing, do the right thing now.

    oh, and in answer to your original question? major a-b-c-d-e-f-ing bad decision because of its hipaa component. unbelievable.
    LostCauseCCRN, mom4josh, GHGoonette, and 8 others like this.
  6. Visit  PetsToPeople} profile page
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    I am speechless...what an absolute disgrace to the nursing profession on the part of the nurse who took those pictures and betrayed the integrity of the entire medical profession and betrayed the trust of her patient and her patients family. HIPAA violation or not it IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG without question, and now you find yourself involved so you need to tell this friend that she has exactly 24hrs to report it herself or you will. Now that you are involved it is on your conscience as well.
    Last edit by PetsToPeople on Apr 2, '12
  7. Visit  imintrouble} profile page
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    Ask the parent of the child whose picture was distributed if they feel there was a violation.
    If it were my child I'd hound that hospital until that nurse was on the street.
    Then I'd start with the BON.
    It goes without saying, I'd have turned her in 2 seconds after I recognized a violation had occurred.
    Some things are simply inexcusable.
  8. Visit  concerned2012} profile page
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    Isherwood is going to go forward with this tomorrow. To all, I truly appreciate the overwhelming responses. I have no question she is doing the right thing! The responses proved my original point. I will keep you posted on the status. I feel sooooo sorry for the family that is drug into this because of a dumb choice and weak morals. I'm betting the hospital is going to flip! Thank you all! I see retraining for the whole facility and banning if all cell phone usage! Pray for the families of the 2 small children.
  9. Visit  Lynx25} profile page
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    I'm so glad she's reporting it! That's heartbreaking. I expect that sort of behavior from horrible little children, not someone who is supposed to be a nurse.
  10. Visit  mizfradd} profile page
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    Quote from bostonterrierloverrn
    my niece, who suffered a rare genetic disorder, died this past december. she spent most of her short, tortured life in the hands of nurses and caregivers. all the staff i witnessed were extremely professional, and earnestly seemed to care.

    she was a little miracle, and i miss her terribly, her mother and father are still crushed, and barely scraping by. she made it to age 5 never walking, never taking a bite. she had therapy workers and home healthcare workers coming all hours each day. medical staff meetings were common at their table, while her mom tried to keep her life as normal as possible.

    as a child of 5, she had the exact intelligence of a child her age. she was precious. she loved music, and one song she loved makes me tear-up everytime it plays. she loved blues clues and dora. she loved her family. she had a glow about her.

    one of the rns at the hospital filed her ssn on her tax returns thinking that my niece's family wouldn't know they could file her for 2011 secondary to her death. it was the ultimate slap in the face. it was an atrocity. the tax money has still not been given to the family.

    there are monsters among us, and it is our duty to find them and see them out of our profession. if i worked with this nurse, and didn't report her, i would consider myself just as guilty and sick.

    this thread really touched a nerve with me. i'm no polyana, but there is no room for this sickness. it is an abomination. i even hope that karma doesn't get them, because that's how bad i view these kinds of actions against humans in our "care."

    there is no excuse for these actions. zero tolerance for cruelty from "caregivers!"

    i am so very sorry for your loss and there's no words that can express what i truly
    felt after reading about what that so-called "nurse" did to your niece's family.
    please tell us the bon took away her license for eternity.
  11. Visit  JustBeachyNurse} profile page
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    Quote from mizfradd
    I am so very sorry for your loss and there's no words that can express what I truly
    felt after reading about what that so-called "nurse" did to your niece's family.
    Please tell us the BON took away her license for eternity.
    and that the IRS flagged her return as fraudulent and then audited her for the past 7 tax years complete with penalties, fees, and possibly a stint in jail in addition to repercussions from the BoN.
  12. Visit  LindseyRN86} profile page
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    Happy to hear things are going to be reported. Take care.
  13. Visit  GadgetRN71} profile page
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    Turn it in, this "nurse" deserves every bit of trouble she gets.

    Some people are just disgusting.
  14. Visit  GadgetRN71} profile page
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    Quote from BostonTerrierLoverRN
    My niece, who suffered a rare genetic disorder, died this past December. She spent most of her short, tortured life in the hands of Nurses and Caregivers. All the staff I witnessed were extremely professional, and earnestly seemed to care. She was a little miracle, and I MISS HER TERRIBLY, her mother and father are still crushed, and barely scraping by. She made it to age 5 never walking, never taking a bite. She had therapy workers and home healthcare workers coming all hours each day. Medical Staff meetings were common at their table, while her mom tried to keep her life as normal as possible.As a child of 5, she had the exact intelligence of a child her age. She was precious. She loved music, and one song she loved makes me tear-up everytime it plays. She loved Blues Clues and Dora. She loved her family. She had a glow about her. One of the RNs at the hospital filed her SSN on her tax returns thinking that my niece's family wouldn't know they could file her for 2011 secondary to her death. It was the ultimate slap in the face. It was an atrocity. The tax money has still not been given to the family.There are monsters among us, and it is our duty to find them and see them out of our profession. If I worked with this nurse, and didn't report her, I would consider myself just as guilty and sick.This thread really touched a nerve with me. I'm no polyana, but there is no room for this sickness. It is an abomination. I even hope that Karma doesn't get them, because that's how bad I view these kinds of actions against humans in OUR "CARE."There is NO excuse for these actions. Zero Tolerance for Cruelty from "Caregivers!"
    I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    LostCauseCCRN, RN2LuvU, VykingRN, and 1 other like this.


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