Best advice for when a patient insists on asking you personal/awkward questions? - page 2
by ScarletCeylonRN 3,164 Views | 11 Comments
Once upon a time, I was caring for a patient during one of my school rotations. This was around the time of the election, and his family were having a very heated political discussion amongst themselves. This is always a red flag... Read More
- 0Jul 17, '13 by ScarletCeylonRNRuby Vee
Years ago, I had an employer that actually forbade us from discussing our personal beliefs/situations with patients or their visitors. At the time, I believed it was hopelessly archaic. Now I see the wisdom, and often tell people who pester me with personal questions that my employer forbids such discussions.
Thank you for all of the responses, everyone. Hopefully this can be a little social interaction toolbox for someone down the line. Anyone have any other suggestions?
- 0Jul 20, '13 by kbrn2002Quote from SalineFlushAs long as they don't actually know what HIPAA is...or worse yet, follow up with "what does a hippo have to do with anything?"I attribute everything to HIPAA.
Patient: "Where do you live?
Me: "I can't tell you. HIPAA..."
Patient: "Are you married? Do you have a girlfriend?"
Me: "Can't say. HIPAA..."
Patient: "Please tell me you're not voting for ______!"
Me: "Well...it would be a HIPAA violation to discuss that."
When you think it best to avoid providing an answer, blame HIPAA.
Never forget your lifelong right to remain silent. It has served me immeasurably, and it has become a bit of a mantra always on repeat in my head. I don't lie about myself to patients...but I don't necessarily answer completely or elaborate either. Often times, I just pass on answering at all.