I'm seeing a lot of unprofessional posting here related to venting about patients - page 9

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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    What may seem like a great deal of specific information about an individual patient to the reader may, in fact, be a combination of patients rolled into one. If that would dilute the purpose of the post the specific details are generally changed adequately to avoid identification (for instance, changing the age, gender, race, location...all will serve to protect patients)without impairing the ability to get good feedback or responses.

    You the reader will not know what is real, what is truth, and what is unreal or made up...only the OP knows.

    Don't assume...
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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.
    You need to get your facts straight. If there is no mention of the persons name or hospitals name it is NOT a violation. Seriously!!
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    Quote from T-Bird78
    If I'm griping about my asthma pt that comes in regularly c/o SOB and ineffective medications and reeks of cigarette smoke,
    I know EXACTLY who you're talking about! Obviously there's only ONE person like that.
    loriangel14, tewdles, KelRN215, and 11 others like this.
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    Quote from CrunchRN
    I am being polite Esme. You don't want to hear what I really think!:***:
    .....you are funny......I was not directing it to you Crunch....((HUGS)) now put the key board down and back away slowly....LOL
    tewdles, VivaLasViejas, and nursel56 like this.
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    The OP should come back after they've been on the floor for a hot minute and let us know if it's all ponies and butterflies.
    I was never that disillusioned as a student since I have worked in some capacity in the medical field since I was 15 or so. Thank goodness!
    loriangel14 likes this.
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    Quote from NurseGuyBri
    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...
    I know the exact patient you are talking about. Just an update, he did get 3 of his fingers amputated. It was a glorious day. He also got a heart transplant. So, now, this patient (like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz) has a real heart now.
    Last edit by FLmed on Jan 18, '13
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    Quote from wooh
    I know EXACTLY who you're talking about! Obviously there's only ONE person like that.
    Yeah!
    He comes into my place too!
    What a coincidence!
    Anybody else know this guy?
    wooh, KelRN215, and multi10 like this.
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    Pesky human behaviors and DX are universal.. That does not equal HIPAA violation...

    Nuf said
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    Yep yep, he's a frequent flyer,
    wooh and Hygiene Queen like this.
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    OP:

    How many millions and millions of patients are hospitalized, in HIPAA facilities and clinics, each year? (Answer: I don't know.)

    How many nurses post on this site? (Answer: 676,253.)

    Who are you to call anyone unprofessional? If you personally make lapses, that's on you. The rest of us, Professionals, manage to abide by the TOS rules here, on AN, just fine.
    Last edit by multi10 on Jan 18, '13


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