I'm seeing a lot of unprofessional posting here related to venting about patients - page 10

by Garethaus

Hi, I'm just a newbie here but I have to comment on what I'm seeing here. Specifically nurses sharing their stories of their interactions with difficult patients. Surely it is unprofessional to be sharing patient details?... Read More


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    Quote from Jeweles26
    Sometimes I wish patients or their family members WOULD see some of the vents on inappropriate behavior they had, and SEE what they do to us, how childish/ridiculous/borderline illegal the things they do and say are! Granted, some of them wouldn't care I'm sure. But maybe, just maybe it would help change something
    I'm a patient and I've read these vents. A lot of them are hilarious-especially the demanding patients who come in with hang nails or the families of patients who think that because their LO is sick they too are entitled to be waited on.

    From what I can read most nurses are overworked and overstressed. I'd rather they come here and vent then take their frustrations out on some patient who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    wooh, NurseGuyBri, and VivaLasViejas like this.
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    Quote from wooh
    Why do nursing students always eat the old nurses? I'm tired of being bullied by students yelling at me for being unprofessional!!!!
    I could kiss you for that, you crusty old bat!
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    I am being polite Esme. You don't want to hear what I really think!:***:
    -CrunchRN
    .....you are funny......I was not directing it to you Crunch....((HUGS)) now put the key board down and back away slowly....LOL -Esme



    You were directing that at me Esme, we all know that
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    Quote from brittne
    I have no doubt this little new grad-to-be chicklet will be scared once she gets into the same playing field as the experienced ones. And yes, I mean that with all my heart. But hopefully I will grow from the experience, if and when it happens.

    As for the OP, I too, barely just joined at the end of last year and I must say, I have learned a lot from the nurses and nursing students alike on this forum. That includes their horror/positive stories from their workplace(/school). And from what I have read, most of it has been pretty general, no HIPPA violations. And if there were any, the mods are pretty good about catching it. I think, instead of making this opinion of yours, public and put the blame on EVERYONE who rants here, I think you should have made your concerns known, privately, to the admin and if there were specific users that were bothering you in particular, point it out that way...

    Wrong way to go about things in my opinion..considering...you just pretty much threw yourself to the mercilessness of the wolves.

    In the end, if this place gets too 'unprofessional' for you, then RUN, run far, far away to another forum in greener pastures.
    It's wrong to say that people here are merciless wolves. We aren't. There's an abundance of people here who are more than willing to extend themselves to new members, offer guidance to new nurses who are struggling, etc.

    The OP started a thread that showed little understanding for how members here use this site for support; sometimes there isn't time to talk to co-workers, so it's nice to vent with your other nursing community.
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    I think its funny how someone will start a firestorm and not return to post. Ah well back to the grind.
    loriangel14, psu_213, multi10, and 3 others like this.
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    Of course they are already people I know. The point I was attempting to get across was that we are not as anonymous as we might like to think, imagine if you are posting a vent about a supervisor and they also post here. That could become problematic.
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    Quote from barnstormin'
    Of course they are already people I know. The point I was attempting to get across was that we are not as anonymous as we might like to think, imagine if you are posting a vent about a supervisor and they also post here. That could become problematic.
    We are exactly as anonymous as we like to think. And even better. We live in America. I wouldn't give one whit about a supervisor who posts here for the reason of looking up your post.
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    Quote from jngo91
    I 100% agree with the OP. Sometimes, I read some of the grossly detailed patient information
    here and I cringe. This is such a violation of HIPAA and is extremely unprofessional.
    Patient information should be protected at all cost no ands, ifs, or buts about it.
    Please cite an example. I have been on this site for several years and have never read a post which violates HIPAA.

    HIPAA violation: "I was taking care of Mrs. Bernice Johnson, DOB 5/9/1934 who lives at 123 Smith St. New York, NY while working at NYU Medical Center today. She had an appendectomy but the surgeon accidentally removed her left kidney." (ETA: This is a made up person.)

    Not a HIPAA violation: "I had a patient today who has end-stage cancer; she is 90 years old and a full code. Her family won't let go. It's really challenging caring for her day after day."
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    Quote from OCNRN63
    It's wrong to say that people here are merciless wolves. We aren't. There's an abundance of people here who are more than willing to extend themselves to new members, offer guidance to new nurses who are struggling, etc.

    The OP started a thread that showed little understanding for how members here use this site for support; sometimes there isn't time to talk to co-workers, so it's nice to vent with your other nursing community.
    It's not wrong to say, nor was it meant to offend, just an observation. It's a saying. Not a literal characteristic of the members of this forum. Most of the members that have posted on this thread towards the OP were pretty ruffled by what the OP said since it hit a sore spot. That's what I meant, please do not take it literally. That is why I went on to say before that, a piece of advice. And many others have given it in the same manner.

    I have no doubt those in here will reach out to the new member of the forum. I only hope the OP will heed their advice.
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    Quote from nursel56
    I don't know what you and jnjo are referring to with "detailed information" about any individual, and never by name. Not sure why you're implying that nurses have never had their personal information posted in a public place. If you can provide a rough description of these, we can take the appropriate action. If you don't remember the specifics you can send them a Private Message if you like.

    While staff keeps a good eye on this forum, the number of posts ensures that not every one of them will be seen. I'm sure you wouldn't want someone's detailed information to remain on the board.
    I'm not admonishing anyone's right to vent their frustrations here. All I'm saying is that doing so is not necessarily harmless. It concerns me that some who vent here grow so comfortable with the HIPAA cloak that they sometimes take broad and distasteful liberties with the information that they are technically allowed to share. I've read some absolutely hateful diatribes about patients' families, economic status, lack of education, appearance, vocabulary, life choices.... all under the auspices of a vent-friendly online community.

    I think people tend to forget that this little community is a part of a larger world wide web community that hundreds of millions of people have access to. AN comes up readily in a Google search indicating just about anything nursing or healthcare related. Some of the things I've read on this site over the years might make me very angry and distrustful if I were a general healthcare services consumer with no intimate knowledge of the daily plight of nurses.

    The majority of people I know who don't have any real ties to the healthcare field don't really know all that much about HIPAA or don't fully understand the restrictions and allowances. A layperson might read these vents and come away thinking, "If I can't trust a nurse to keep the details of my family dynamics and lifestyle choices private, how can I trust one with more sensitive information?" I think most of the nurses here know how difficult and frustrating it can be to provide nursing care to a patient who is leery of providing information that could be very influential in their treatment course. One of a nurse's most powerful tools is the establishment of a nurse-patient relationship based on trust and trust once lost is very, very difficult to earn back.
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