Quote from tdmaher
I'm currently in nursing school... we were taught about the minimum necessary information rule. You only need to know the minimum information about the pt to provide care, but you weren't technically taking care of those pts, so technically you should not have been "browsing" their charts. To me, that's no different then going in the lunch room and talking about said pts.
Please view: the hhs.gov website. Also, we were taught there are fines and possible imprisonment involved. Don't get too worked up until you know for sure what the outcome is going to be.
I don't agree...it's not the same as talking about pts in the lunch room. Honestly, I don't see the big criminal offense in this. This is a new nurse, who was bored, trying to stay awake, perusing medical records. There was no ill intent, no maliciousness, she wasn't looking for anyone specific, and probably couldn't recall the names now anyhow!...and isn't this just another way of continuing her education? I mean, you see a pt has disease XXX and that leads to the following s/s and change in lab values. How is it different than when in nursing school and you make care plans? You're technically NOT the nurse responsible for care, yet you read every crumb the chart gives up. And, if you care for a patient and they're transferred to another unit, don't you ever want to check up on that patient? See what their outcome was? Did your efforts to save their life pay off? Of course, but under this way of thinking, that's a HIPAA violation.
Now, if she were perusing the local STD reports and looking for her ex-boyfriends new girlfriend, I can see the outrage, but this? not so much. Lesson learned, move on. Just my 2 cents...
Sorry, just read you're a nursing student...trust me, your views will change as you begin practicing. If you care now, you will learn you don't stop caring just because they left your unit.