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


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    Just to update: the person who posted on Facebook has since departed (on their own accord for another job) and this is the end of the story. No one will be getting reported.
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    This is why I will never add co-workers or fellow nursing classmates.

    Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
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    It is often called Fecesbook for a reason; there is some really goofy s___ on there. Details of work should not be posted there, unless somebody really wants to be unemployed and financially broke. This is not rocket surgery. you people.
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    I 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.
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    Quote from tewdles
    Sounds like social media needs to be a focus in nursing school.
    Believe me, it is!
    Last edit by simplesmile on Nov 21, '13
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    Quote from Paco-RN
    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?
    I had this happen with a former classmate and I warned her that she had better remove her facebook post.

    She did.

    No BON necessary.


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