Nurse Posts About a Patient on Facebook ... Duty to Report? - page 5
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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
- 2Nov 19, '13 by ParkerBC,MSN,RNI don’t post anything work-related on Facebook. There were a couple of nurses fired for that recently. A photo was posted that had patient information in the background. I refuse to take pictures with co-workers for this very reason. Besides, you never know who is a friend of a friend.
- 0Dec 21, '13 by ArtClassRN, RNQuote from Paco-RNI had this happen with a former classmate and I warned her that she had better remove her facebook post.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 patient was not ID'ed by name.
But do fellow nurses have a duty to report this nurse in any way to management or to the state BON?
No BON necessary.
- 1Aug 21 by toomuchbaloneyI don't think that a nurse posting an embarassing reason for a patient to be admitted to the hospital is necessarily a HIPAA violation. Poor judgement - perhaps, HIPAA violation - maybe
For instance I could comment on FB that a guy came into my place of work with a gerbil in his rectum, do you think you could ID that patient based upon my comment?
Many people do not identify occupation or employer on their FB.
Many people only share posts with friends and family, their profiles and comments are not public.
- 3Aug 21 by SDALPNOh, get over it. Quit looking for reasons to report someone or cause trouble. Its only a violation if its personally identifiable info. As long as personally identifiable info isn't there, its not violating anything. This HIPAA stuff is getting way out of hand. Why must so many people go overboard? If its a small town and you mention the AIDS pt and there is only one person in town with AIDS, its identifiable info. If you live in a town where tons of people have AIDS, you haven't identified anyone.
There are bigger issues to worry about. Quit making life more difficult for nurses than it already is. Do you really think every nurse comes home to their spouse and refuses to answer the question or vent when asked how their day was? They weren't telling the patients next of kin without permission. Come on, enough already! Quit trying to get your coworkers in trouble and work with them as a team.
Did you bother to ask your coworker about the post or discuss your concerns with your coworker? Or was it more important to find out if you could tattle on her? And not just a tattle to the boss, but to people above that.