It's Finally Happened! - page 8

by Ruby Vee

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I recognized someone from the picture they're using as their avatar. Moreover, it's someone I'm responsible for evaluating. And what they're posting is not consistent with a good attitude or safe practice. I can easily see why... Read More


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    Quote from Garethaus
    I posted a few months ago about somebodies unprofessional posts being recognised by someone in the 'real' world.....mostly everyone said it wouldn't happen.......anonymity ruled.......oh yeah?
    Most people don't use their actual face as an avatar, which was the case here.
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    Shred them. This is our place to go and vent, get things off our chest. I complain about things but i dont reflect that at work. It would be unfair if she was a good nurse to have her in trouble because of things he/she said online, things we ALL say. She just happened to get caught it being her. Let it go...evaluate her as a nurse, not what she says on here.
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    I'm really surprised at how many people say that what's posted here doesn't matter. Even if you delete/edit your post, this page is probably already Google cached. Anyone, anywhere could find it. You might as well write it on permanent marker on the wall of your unit, or on the elevator doors. If you give any personal information at all it will really be that easy to find without anyone looking for it specifically. If you do have to vent and use specific details, make sure you are as anonymous as you can be. Have a unique username for this site that is not the same as any email or other username you have. Never mention where you work, where you live, or what your specific specialty is, and never mention any patient or coworker detail unusual enough to let people who have worked with that person figure it out. Heck, you can always CHANGE or add details to protect yourself! Instead of a 58 year old woman, your person can suddenly be a 72 year old man... after all, what's important is the story behind the vent and not the exact demographic details of the patient or coworker, right?

    Let's put it this way... what is your job worth to you? Is it worth risking your job for a post on the internet? We do have freedom of speech, but if you've signed a contract not to discuss details of work outside of work (which, let's face it, most nursing jobs require now) then you are potentially violating your contract with your post. If nothing else, you can always be fired for breach of contract. I would not necessarily use this person's post against her unless she did violate HIPAA or clearly violated a work contract in some other manner.
    OCNRN63, brandy1017, and Esme12 like this.
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    Maybe I have a guilty conscience, but before I bring up any one else's posts, I would Damn make sure my internet habits ( of all sites, search history, what have you) are pristine first.
    And I assure you they aren't.
    That said, I guess it would depend upon how outrageous, egregious, malicious, dangerous the posts were.
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    Quote from SNB1014
    Maybe I have a guilty conscience, but before I bring up any one else's posts, I would Damn make sure my internet habits ( of all sites, search history, what have you) are pristine first.
    And I assure you they aren't.
    That said, I guess it would depend upon how outrageous, egregious, malicious, dangerous the posts were.
    The difference between posts on this site and private internet habits is that Allnurses is open to the public. Unless you post screenshots of your search history on Facebook or some other site, no one will be able to see it.
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    Quote from Sweet_Wild_Rose

    The difference between posts on this site and private internet habits is that Allnurses is open to the public. Unless you post screenshots of your search history on Facebook or some other site, no one will be able to see it.
    Not true. Friends of friends can see your activity. If I "like" or comment on a photo or status, my friends can see it (even if they are not friends with the person I am commenting on. You need to be well aware if who your friends' friends are when posting things.
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    Quote from ProfRN4
    Not true. Friends of friends can see your activity. If I "like" or comment on a photo or status, my friends can see it (even if they are not friends with the person I am commenting on. You need to be well aware if who your friends' friends are when posting things.
    I wasn't referring to Facebook posts directly; I was responding to a poster who mentioned searches and internet sites visited. Unless you are a hacker, my ISP, the IS department if I were stupid enough to be using work computers for non-work purposes, someone I share my computer with, or I told you directly, you would have no way of knowing that before visiting allnurses today, I visited CNN, my local newspaper's website, and searched for candlemaking supplies.
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    Sorry, my bad. But since you mentioned FB in your reply, I thought you were :/
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    Quote from ProfRN4
    Sorry, my bad. But since you mentioned FB in your reply, I thought you were :/
    I only mentioned it because there are some strange people out there who do post screenshots of webpages because they find them funny- and they forget that all the other tabs they have open will show up too and can be embarrassing (such as they have an adult website open in another tab). This is one way I've seen people reveal some of their internet habits that would otherwise be private, so that's why I used it as an example. Sorry for the confusion.
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    Quote from llg
    Interesting to see the different perspectives on this issue, particularly that some people think that there is some sort of "safe zone" where you can say anything publically and it "doesn't count." That's how people get into trouble.

    I would talk to my boss, and probably Human Resources to be sure you handle it correctly. You don't want her to bring you down because you don't make the right moves now. Don't take chances with your own career over it. Keep yourself safe by keeping your boss informed.
    I couldn't agree more! Very well said.


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