Nursing Student Blog Lawsuit - page 26

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    BBFRN,
    thank you for explaining that to me so eloquently and thank you for the added info, I will keep it in mind.

    CardiacRN,
    No i didn't read the entire 200+ messages, and i never asked you to vomit out what others have said. What I did ask was if you or someone could explain what they believed HIPPA meant in an non-condescending manner. Seeing that someone did that, you proprably could have left it at that. I also still believe that anyone who says "I had a patient once...." is breaking HIPPA.

    I really don't want to argue with you or anyone, I come to this site b/c generally we are allowed to give our opinion on matters w/out being scorned for our opinions.
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    Quote from rockenmomRN
    BBFRN,
    thank you for explaining that to me so eloquently and thank you for the added info, I will keep it in mind.
    Not a problem at all. I aim to serve.

    Two things I encourage my own students to have on hand are the ANA Code of Ethics & the ANA Scope & Standards of Practice. These are the national, universal guidelines for nurses, and can be very helpful to students as well. You can purchase these at the ANA website, or possibly at your school's book store.
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    Quote from rockenmomRN
    . I also still believe that anyone who says "I had a patient once...." is breaking HIPPA.
    .

    Again, you clearly don't understand Hippa violations.
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    http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/index.html

    Here is the official HIPAA website, for anyone who is interested.

    Here are a couple of pertinent excerpts of the rules:

    "What Information is Protected
    Protected Health Information. The Privacy Rule protects all "individually identifiable health information" held or transmitted by a covered entity or its business associate, in any form or media, whether electronic, paper, or oral. The Privacy Rule calls this information "protected health information (PHI)."12
    “Individually identifiable health information” is information, including demographic data, that relates to:

    • the individual’s past, present or future physical or mental health or condition,
    • the provision of health care to the individual, or
    • the past, present, or future payment for the provision of health care to the individual,

    and that identifies the individual or for which there is a reasonable basis to believe it can be used to identify the individual.13 Individually identifiable health information includes many common identifiers (e.g., name, address, birth date, Social Security Number)."

    The following identifiers of the individual or of relatives, employers, or household members of the individual must be removed to achieve the “safe harbor” method of de-identification: (A) Names; (B) All geographic subdivisions smaller than a State...All elements of dates (except year) for dates directly related to the individual, including birth date, admission date, discharge date, date of death..."
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    "My space" is a social network, it is important to realize that information you post can be viewed by a broad audience; it is also possible that someone visiting the patient who saw and/or met the student read the blog on her “my space”.
    Discussing a patient with my husband at the dinner table without mentioning the age, sex gender or location is different then when I post his or her information on a site where perhaps a few people may be able to ID her.
    Although I understand that she served our country, but does this mean that honor codes rules and common sense do not apply to her?
    Information provided in confidence should NOT be used or disclosed in any form that might identify a patient without his or her consent and posting it on a social network… Come on!
    Nurses should have purposeful and reflective judgment about what is wrong or right, hence “critical thinkers”.
    More nursing programs should follow the University’s lead, and yes, she did make the program look bad.
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    This is about ATS Institute of Technology in Highland Heights, Ohio , I do feel the school is getting a bad rap on being an easy school and they let anyone in. I am an older student reinventing my self with a new career choice and I will tell you it is not a free pass. Since I have been at ATS there have been many improvements, all of the improvements will ensure the students will be ready for nclex and the transition into the nursing field.
    Last edit by dsalgado on Feb 10, '12
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    Actually, it is the University of Louisville. It appears that she won her case, went back into the nursing program and graduated nearly 2 years ago. Although the University of Louisville seems to try to appeal, by the time they won their appeal, she had graduated.

    Oh and although she graduated, the school did ultimately win the case. Not that it matters for her but it matters as a term of precedent. Meaning, yes, they can dismiss you for things that you put out there publicly so be careful.
    ChrissyRN74 likes this.


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