scenario: nurse is in restaurant with friend. Nurse tells friend about day at work and briefly tells about her patients condition and what the day was like with this patient. Nurse uses NO name what so ever. Conversation changes to other topics. Someone over heard said nurse describing client. Reports this to the nurses office manager and files written complaint. Nurse does not know who this person is but office manager says it was the clients uncle who said nurse does not know. Question: Is this a hipaa violation and if it is, how severe is it? No names were used in the conversation at all. Any imput anyone?
In this day and age, it still amazes me that some nurses still talk about their experiences openly in public with enough identifiers; I'm all for debriefing, however, AN seems to be the best place to do so, even though that's open for debate.
Seems we live in a small world after all...
Last edit by LadyFree28 on Feb 21, '14