I'm seeing a lot of unprofessional posting here related to venting about patients - page 4

by Garethaus

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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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    Some of us nursing students completely understand how hard it is to be a nurse and the reality of it all.
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    Quote from CrunchRN
    As usual nurses held to an unreachable standard.

    This is supposed to be a place where you can vent.

    You cannot do it on FB or you will be in a world of hurt. You can't tell your family because they do not understand. You shouldn't do it at work because eventually that will be turned against you.

    Nurses are people too and they deal with a lot pretty unimaginable stuff and they deserve to have some place they can vent about ti in my opinion.
    While everyone has an opinion, I would disagree with the OP. I'm not even a nurse yet, but even I can see where you're all coming from.

    Even being a mere CNA was brutal enough. I used to come home in tears; my family was under the impression that I was one of those cute little medical assistants they see in doctors' offices. They thought my job was just to push paper, scan records and occasionally show patients to the exam room.

    Just wait til we get thrown to the wolves.

    In an ideal world, patients cooperate and appreciate the nurse's advice on lifestyle modifications. They would stop eating Double Whoppers at every meal, and quit smoking. They would actually take their medications and not order DIY remedies off of eBay.

    Ideally, patients and families do not threaten to sue you on an hourly basis or snap pictures of you as you perform procedures. In a perfect world, patients do not hit you; when they do, management would actually care and intervene on your behalf!

    Unfortunately, this is not the case. Like others have said, it's not like you can bring these issues to work and tell everyone about it. If you think teamwork exists in every unit, you are sadly mistaken. I think that AN is a good place for people to vent...Because people here understand.
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    Well I guess I can put in my two cents. I do not believe, in any way, that the postings that I have read to this point constitute any unprofessional activity. I have read posts about patients. What may seem like possible identifying information to you isn't. It doesnt appear that you are aware of the scope of this website, hospitals, or healthcare in general. At any given moment, I could tell you a story about my male patient with 13 fingers and a heart of stone. Seems pretty specific, right? Well, its not. I bet there are hundreds of men with 13 fingers and hearts of stone. My point is that the entire soul of the allnurses community seems to be one of helping each other out, treating our colleagues better, and improving our bedisde manners and patient care. We are all, in the end, human. My fear is that without an outlet such as this, we may be much worse off as a profession. So do you know my patient? I don't think so...
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    OH, and I hear people keep saying "Venting". I dont even see it as venting, it's discussing.
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    Must be that time of year again...
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    Quote from nursel56
    or the mailperson to write about difficult dogs
    This just made me chuckle. What about doggie HIPAA???
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    Quote from Overland1
    It depends upon the extent of (i.e., amount of detail in) the details. Nothing that indicates the identity of the patient, directly or indirectly, should ever be shared outside those involved with the care of that patient.

    ...and don't call me Shirley.
    I agree with the entire post, but you get a 'like' for the last line alone!
    OCNRN63, NutmeggeRN, VivaLasViejas, and 2 others like this.
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    Quote from Raewynv
    Some of us nursing students completely understand how hard it is to be a nurse and the reality of it all.
    Some have much better ideas than others but, no, you won't know until you've actually been a nurse. It's impossible to know until you've done it.
    OCNRN63, anotherone, JillyRN, and 4 others like this.
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    Some have much better ideas than others but, no, you won't know until you've actually been a nurse. It's impossible to know until you've done it.
    I agree. It's nothing like feeling defeated and having regrets. I was a PCT first and worked with nurses but when I became a nurse I "got it" and it was more than I ever bargained for.

    OP if you don't like the vent threads simply skip over them. As long as they aren't breaking TOS then they are here to stay.

    Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
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    As long as you don't state the patient's name, your name or the name of the hospital, it's pretty much impossible to violate HIPAA. Without those identifiers, we might as well be discussing some made up, hypothetical patient. More importantly, even if some pt somehow found this site and recognized himself from the description and THEN somehow deduced the identity of the nurse posting it, he *still* would have no legal leg to stand on. You (the poster) would still be safe.
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