Does it sound like I can get my job back? - page 2

by hfullerCNA, BSN, RN | 7,012 Views | 35 Comments

At the Nursing home I work at we use walkie talkies to communicate with other staff members. A nurse that I work with one night got a resident to say "Get money b****** over them. She then posts on my Facebook using the... Read More


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    I am sorry this is happinging to you. In some states there is a mandated reporting clause that by failing to report you were just as guilty. You probably won't get your job back for now it looks like you lied.

    We cannot give legal advice on AN. If you feel you have been unfairly treated seek legal advice. There are many resources for assistance and pro-bono assistance just google your state.
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    I doubt you can get your job back by claiming you didn't do anything. I think the point is that you didn't do anything.

    When something is on YOUR social networking page, it's viewable by any of YOUR friends that see your page. Thus, if you don't remove it, you're responsible for spreading that information- whether it's actually a HIPAA violation or just unprofessional. You should have deleted the post when it was put on your page.

    Here's another example. Someone sends you a picture of a patient to your phone. You don't delete it. The picture is later found on your phone and you're fired. You didn't take the picture, you didn't send the picture. But you were in possession of the picture and anyone could have picked up that phone and seen the picture. You're still responsible for the presence of the picture on your phone.

    I'm sorry this happened for you. In the future, remember that SOCIAL media is for SOCIAL situations, and work information does not fall into that category.
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    Quote from netglow
    I'll also repeat that Facebook is for kids, folks - grow the heck up, drop your account if you still have one and join the adult world.
    While this is neither here, nor there, Facebook was created as a social media site for college students to interact and stay in touch. Not for children.

    With family and friends spread across the country, Facebook provides an easy and free way stay in touch, have conversations, and share pictures of special events. Without the internet/Facebook, I would have much less contact with many of my friends and family and it would be impossible for me to share and view photos without spending tons of money on phone bills, traveling and postage.

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with adults using a social media site for social purposes. Just be smart and keep private information off the internet.
    Sparrowhawk, Elladora, RoMoFo, and 24 others like this.
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    imagine it was your kid who had a bad photo or mean post about a teacher put on her fb page by a friend. you said, "do you know anything about a post about ms. x on fb?" and your kid says, "no, not me, mom, i sure don't."

    wouldn't your reply be, "busted. grounded. it's not believable that you would forget that." i agree. it's just not believable that you "forgot."

    now, in the remotely possible event that you really did forget that someone posted something about a patient on your fb page, that indicates a level of cluelessness or carelessness about patient rights that's solid grounds for getting fired right there.

    no, you're not getting your job back, and you'll be lucky if you aren't disciplined by the bon. i don't think you'll lose your license over this burst of amazingly inmature bad judgment, but i'd be happy to see you on some sort of probation ("grounded.").
    duskyjewel, CapeCodMermaid, and Esme12 like this.
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    In all honesty, I wasn't even thinking of the seriousness of the comment posted at the time. Also, how is using a public banned channel on walkie talkies that can be bought from anywhere (ex: walmart) NOT violating HIPAA violations as well? The nurses and aides use these to communicate Bowel movements, resident's requesting medications, etc, etc...and the list goes on and on. I am not understanding this at ALL. How was I suppose to know that I HAD to report her???? These are the types of issues that are not being relayed to CNA's in class...we are given extremely vague and ill informed information about how to deal with these dilemma's.
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    It's not funny, but why would you even say get money ******. lol thats not so nice. but she did post it on your facebook so they will think you had something to do with it...
    Last edit by Esme12 on Jul 19, '12 : Reason: TOS/profanity
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    But when you went to work you signed their confidentiality agreement and signed that you got HIPAA training that ALL patient information is confidential. This has nothing to do with your school but everything to do with personal responsibility. Just because you are not informed about a law does not preclude your innocence. Just because you didn't mean to hurt someone doesn't mean you can't be charged. "Ignorance is no excuse of the Law".

    Even if you didn't know you HAD to report her. You claimed that you had no idea when it was found on your page because you are "friends". Social media has no place at work nor does ANYTHING from work belong in social media.

    I'm sorry...
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    Quote from Ashley, PICU RN
    While this is neither here, nor there, Facebook was created as a social media site for college students to interact and stay in touch. Not for children.

    With family and friends spread across the country, Facebook provides an easy and free way stay in touch, have conversations, and share pictures of special events. Without the internet/Facebook, I would have much less contact with many of my friends and family and it would be impossible for me to share and view photos without spending tons of money on phone bills, traveling and postage.

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with adults using a social media site for social purposes. Just be smart and keep private information off the internet.
    Yay, agree. Before she passed, my mother was an invalid for several years and even she was surprised at how well Facebook kept her in contact with everyone. Not just us kids, who called and came to see her a couple times a week, but her extended family -- even several friends from high school (40 some-odd years ago) ended up finding and contacting her.

    Facebook isn't just for kids. Using Facebook responsibly is for adults.
    Sparrowhawk, duskyjewel, alicia3825, and 4 others like this.
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    Quote from hfullercna
    in all honesty, i wasn't even thinking of the seriousness of the comment posted at the time. also, how is using a public banned channel on walkie talkies that can be bought from anywhere (ex: walmart) not violating hipaa violations as well? the nurses and aides use these to communicate bowel movements, resident's requesting medications, etc, etc...and the list goes on and on. i am not understanding this at all. how was i suppose to know that i had to report her???? these are the types of issues that are not being relayed to cna's in class...we are given extremely vague and ill informed information about how to deal with these dilemma's.
    ​everyone who works in healthcare gets a hipaa class of some sort. so how could you not know?
    duskyjewel likes this.
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    None of my coworkers are 'Facebook friends' of mine for this very reason. It is more trouble that it is really worth.
    This is very good advice....never thought about that factor at all.....Thank you my friend!


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