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    how was he able to shadow and not have some sort of ID badge??
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    Quote from MassED
    how was he able to shadow and not have some sort of ID badge??
    Honestly I have seen where students when they first begin a rotation are given maybe a week or so to retrieve an ID. Usually you may have to wear your school's ID until you retrieve a proper hospital ID, but there are some who forget to wear anything at all.
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    I worked at 2 teaching hospitals so there was always med students and such, all the time. We were always told from from the get go if there was no badge there would be no access to anything. and if the person got an attitude we would send them to the attending, so the attending would have to call us. Plus it cut down a lot of egos.
    rph3664, WoosahRN, and MassED like this.
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    I work in Peds and all the floors are locked down. There are intercoms and cameras outside all doors. That still doesn't prevent people from following someone else through the locked doors, especially if the front desk person didn't see them or was on the phone, etc. During admission we inform parents that all pediatric workers have a certain badge (color) and that they are encouraged to question anyone that enters the room. We are usually good about introducing ourselves but just in case they aren't sure we want them to feel comfortable asking. We also recently went to color coded scrubs but to be honest, most parents and people don't notice (despite management/administrators insistence that it makes it easier to identify everyone). For children under 1 they get a "Baby LoJack" bracelet. If anyone tries to take them past the patient doors without deactivating it, alarms go off and the doors lock. I work in PICU so we transport all of our own patients but we also tell parents they are allowed to go anywhere their child goes.
    Still, scary to think that anyone not legit can wander around a hospital and be in contact with patients (even just on a patient floor with no business being there).
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    Sad but happens often! We have many PA and med students observing in our rural ER setting, and far too often we as nurses have no clue who one is over another. Some are only present for a week or two observing and performing health histories. Most are wearing a badge, or had one the other day who kept his badge turned around. When we told him to turn it around, he gladly did and was a student at the PA school. Hear of stories of people wearing scrubs or a lab coat and being seen as someone who they aren't...after all, just look at those who are in WalMart next time you are there. I understand this was clearly an impersonator, but the risk is ever present.
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    Quote from WoosahRN
    Still, scary to think that anyone not legit can wander around a hospital and be in contact with patients (even just on a patient floor with no business being there).
    There's a man who has been banned from my local hospital's property, unless he is a patient actively receiving treatment, because he was walking around with his camera phone and taking pictures of patients and posting them online.

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    Quote from rph3664
    There's a man who has been banned from my local hospital's property, unless he is a patient actively receiving treatment, because he was walking around with his camera phone and taking pictures of patients and posting them online.

    That is beyond scary, but with the decreased staffing levels in many health centers I think problems like this will continue to grow.
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    This reminds me of when I was in nursing school and we did our clinical rotation at the mental hospital. A man was dressed in a white lab coat grabbing charts and going from room to room "tending" to patients. My classmates and I thought he was a doctor only to find out the next day that he was actually a patient there (one of the nurses caught him in the act). It was kind of wierd seeing him sitting at the table the next day playing cards with the others. Especially since he looked so professional in the lab coat the day before.
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