Nurse Posts About a Patient on Facebook ... Duty to Report? - page 2

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Question for you all: If a nurse posts a Facebook status about their patient, blatantly mocking the reason for their admission (i.e., an embarrassing reason), most people would agree this is a HIPAA violation even if the... Read More


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    Quote from krwrnbsn
    I am astonished by the things that could potentially be related back to a patient. I think it is never appropriate to mention anything related to patients or patient care. It is absolutely unprofessional and could land you in deep trouble with BON. I think that we will see more nurses being disciplined for postings on social media.
    Sounds like social media needs to be a focus in nursing school.
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    Dumb move by that person. Just boggles the mind.
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    Quote from tewdles

    Sounds like social media needs to be a focus in nursing school.
    True! I think that it is simple don't post anything in any social media site that is work related. Why do people want to make it difficult? It's not. Just don't post anything then you have no worries of it coming back to bite you in the a$$.
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    Only if you like to stir up trouble.

    You are not a mandated HIPAA reporter. If you saw it, someone else will. Let them have the reputation of being the tattletale with management.

    I also question why you think that you have a duty to report this to the BON, because nursing schools go over HIPAA and other potential violations in nursing school fairly well, so I don't understand why you think that this is reportable.

    I also question why you seem almost dying to report it.
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    An admitting diagnosis is not protected health information, so while mentioning an admitting diagnosis on Facebook is definitely unprofessional and poor judgement, it's not a HIPAA violation. In general, hospitals frown upon any work related experience being discussed on social media when it portrays the hospital in a bad light. This person can certainly be disciplined or even fired by the hospital because of this, but not because she violated HIPAA.
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    Quote from tewdles

    Sounds like social media needs to be a focus in nursing school.
    We were warned over and over again in our NS to never ever post anything on fb about clinicals, work or a pt no matter how vague it may be...
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    Quote from tewdles
    Sounds like social media needs to be a focus in nursing school.
    Already is, you would get kicked out of the program for something like that. No joke. And every hospital I have had clinicals at have a social media rule of some type. But yes this is a HIPAA violation.
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    I know someone that posts the name of the hospital that they work at, the department, a patient's vital signs, the patient's medical diagnosis, time of death, lack of visitation from family members, mental status, etc....pretty much everything but the patient's name (as if she were creating tweets straight from the patient's medical record). This happens at least twice a week. Could this really be acceptable for an employer, or am I missing something here?
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    Quote from gummi bear
    I know someone that posts the name of the hospital that they work at, the department, a patient's vital signs, the patient's medical diagnosis, time of death, lack of visitation from family members, mental status, etc....pretty much everything but the patient's name (as if she were creating tweets straight from the patient's medical record). This happens at least twice a week. Could this really be acceptable for an employer, or am I missing something here?

    Umm, totally not acceptable.Somebody should clue her in to take all those posts down stat, and never to do it again...and I might report it anyway. I can't tell you how ripped I would be if I discovered myself or someone I loved in those posts. The hospital is subject to huge fines because the presumption woud be that they didn't train her in HIPAA. And sure, she'd get fired snicker-snack.
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    Quote from gummi bear
    I know someone that posts the name of the hospital that they work at, the department, a patient's vital signs, the patient's medical diagnosis, time of death, lack of visitation from family members, mental status, etc....pretty much everything but the patient's name (as if she were creating tweets straight from the patient's medical record). This happens at least twice a week. Could this really be acceptable for an employer, or am I missing something here?
    Umm, wow. Just wow. Some family member could have a lot of fun with this in a courtroom. Geez.
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