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That just sounds CRAZY to me!!! I have had the whole HIPAA thing pounded into my head through school...but people are still realistic about things like that.
You said you are an "older nurse." Are you sure they weren't trying to get rid of you because they were paying you more, or for some other reason?
I just can't imagine anyone with any sense writing you up for something that obviously the patient was okay with. I don't need anyone to explain HIPAA to me either because I know it and understand it, but what the heck....what if you had said, "T wanted me to let my husband know?"
I guess the best thing to do really is not to accept a patient that you know that well. That's pretty much the standard rule around here anyway...and thankfully so after reading that!
Actually, "T" was not my patient, i was restocking, and as i was refilling all the drawers in his area, we chatted. He was the patient of the charge nurse who reported me.
It has crossed my mind, if i was sometimes seen as an unwanted as an employee, as i myself am not "likable" by everyone. Some yes, some no. You know how maybe the bulk of nurses, no one really notices or has a strong feeling about, one way or the other, well, i'm not one of those nurses, i don't think. I think ppl who like me, really like me, but those who don't like me, really don't like me! It's usually not a lot, just a few who i sense do not like me, but, they always seem to be among the most powerful or influential of the unit nurses. darn!
(worth noting, i DO try to be likable, i bet most of us do, but, i seem to fall short of being liked by All, despite my best efforts)
But, my age might be yet another factor that puts me in the less desirable employee list. Who wants to pay retirement pay? Older nurses also jack up the insurance rates for the whole place.
and yes, older nurses tend to be getting more weeks paid time off per year, more accrued benefits, more pay per hour, and are, generally, more expensive employees. It's not impossible, that my being older, is yet one more factor working against me.
The Commuter had an interesting blog (one can read it if you go to The Commuter's page, is link called "My Blogs")
that i read recently, about how a nurse's "likeability" factor, can sometimes impact how long the nurse is kept on as am employee. I think how "likable" a nurse is, also might influence how that nurse is treated, too, but, who knows.