Quote from xrayrn
So, this hospital he works full time for in the ICU is one of the remote hospitals controlled by the E-ICU he works for and one of the RNs in said E-ICU looks through a patient's chart that isn't assigned to her that night with the purpose of finding his name on the charting so she can find out if he is working there that night since he called in and she is mad she has to work short. She is so mad that he called in (inexplicably, as she isn't his boss) that she calls the hospital and he told me that like 6 other nurses in the background heard her yelling "I know he's there! I saw his name in a patient's chart!"
So your friend's contention is that these individuals were independently suspicious that he may have called in so that he could work at his other job, and because of their suspicion they randomly started going through patient charts to see if his name was on any of them?
That sounds like a far-fetched accusation that he is trying to make. Why would these people at the PRN job just automatically think he was lying about his reason for calling in? That makes no sense.
What DOES make sense is that, in the course of them being in a chart they had reason to access
, someone happened to come across his name and noted that the time was during the shift that he was supposed to be working at their place. This is not that impossible in an integrated system. THEN he was found out.
I won't comment on HIPAA; it could be a technical violation, but it doesn't violate the spirit of the law at all, really, since the spirit of the law is about protecting patients, not employees who make bad decisions.
And yes, I do think it was pretty crappy to work at his FT job after he was done with his son in the ED. He had a previous commitment to the E-place, so, at least in my personal opinion, the upstanding thing to do when he found himself with time to work, would be to call the place where he actually had an obligation that day, and see if they could still use his help.
ETA: I'd forget about crying HIPAA-foul if I were him.
What is it about doing something bone-headed and then when it doesn't work out perfectly, trying to make someone else miserable?