Nurse posts brain surgery pics on Facebook - page 7

by student456 12,794 Views | 69 Comments

... Read More


  1. 0
    Quote from workingforskies
    So I will ask again. What tangible harm was caused to that specific patient by posting non identifying pictures of her brain on line?
    This is probably a stretch, and I do not know the exact details of this particular incident, but in general, this could possibly happen:

    What if someone who knew nurse and the patient, or even the patients family or the patient themselves who knew the nurses name decided to look her up. And they find her facebook profile with pictures of said pts brain. There may be no identifying info, but if there is a date on the pic, or she even posted the date, it could theoretically be deduced who the pt was. Could potentially be traumatic to the pt or especially the family if there wasn't a good outcome on the surgery. I know its a stretch, but it could happen. We're not talking about a nursing/medical journal here. This was facebook!!! Very innapropriate.

    She was clearly in the wrong. As others have said, she doesn't deserve to lose her license, but being fired is justified.
  2. 0
    We had a similar case in that a photo was taken with a cell phone at the request of the surgeon because a digital camera could not be found. The photo was sent to the surgeon's email but instead of then deleting the picture the nurse sent it to a colleague.
  3. 1
    I can definitely see that she was wrong in the eyes of the law and hospital policy to do what she did. I think she was being careless and silly and taking unneccesary risks with her job and she should have known better.

    However, I personally don't think what she did was a big deal. Yes, there is the slippery slope argument "if she did this what will stop her from doing something worse?" but if you look at the isolated incident, I really don't think it is devastating to anyone but the nurse. She brought it upon herself, but she was the ONLY person who was harmed.

    I know, I know the patient didn't consent to have the photos taken, but also the patient was unidentifiable in the photos and we don't consent to have our photos taken dozens of times a day in public life (security cameras etc.) I mean, celebrities often don't consent to have their photos taken, and often times those photos ARE damaging, but they have little recourse.

    So....I know that my opinion is not popular here, I follow HIPPA to the best of my ability, but I still think the whole thing is blown out of proportion.
    workingforskies likes this.
  4. 0
    Threads merged.
  5. 0
    men who go around with their cameras low enough to take pictures of women's butts....is it OK since no one will be able to identify whose butt it is that is posted on the perverted site?....or do we as women have a right to walk down the street wearing a skirt without worrying that someone will invade our privacy by taking a quick pic and posting it online.


    Quote from workingforskies
    That was never a stated issue. I have observed 2 or 3 surgeries in my career. Never was I required to "scrub in". I was far enough that if I wanted to take pics with a non sterile camera, i could have.

    So I will ask again. What tangible harm was caused to that specific patient by posting non identifying pictures of her brain on line?
  6. 3
    To me the point is that this nurse took totally inapropriate advantage of a patient who had been rendered vulnerable by sedation. One of the many roles of the nurse is to protect the patient from just this sort of thing. The picture itself may be meaningless, but the absolute lack of respect and care for the vulnerable individual is not.
  7. 0
    Impress her friends? Is she serious?! My goodness, how old do you have to be before you stop trying to impress your friends? Guess her friends are quite impressed by her stupidity also!
  8. 0
    Quote from NYDreamer
    men who go around with their cameras low enough to take pictures of women's butts....is it OK since no one will be able to identify whose butt it is that is posted on the perverted site?....or do we as women have a right to walk down the street wearing a skirt without worrying that someone will invade our privacy by taking a quick pic and posting it online.
    That's a good point, I didn't think of it like that.
  9. 0
    Quote from workingforskies
    That was never a stated issue. I have observed 2 or 3 surgeries in my career. Never was I required to "scrub in". I was far enough that if I wanted to take pics with a non sterile camera, i could have.

    So I will ask again. What tangible harm was caused to that specific patient by posting non identifying pictures of her brain on line?
    On a camera phone? Be real.

    I've been in numerous surgeries as an observer as well and have NEVER been able to linger over the open body cavity without being scrubbed in.
  10. 0
    This nurse is a moron. You're supposed to be focusing on the patient and the surgery when you're an OR nurse, not playing with your phone, snapping photos. No sympathy for her, not even a little bit.


Top