Nursing Student Blog Lawsuit

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    careful with your myspace/facebook/blogs.

    http://www.courier-journal.com/artic...393/1008/rss01 (article in its entirety)


    a student dismissed from the university of louisville's nursing school because of her internet postings has sued the university, alleging that it violated her first amendment rights.


    nina yoder, who served in the u.s. army as a medic before she enrolled at u of l in 2007, yesterday asked a federal court judge to reinstate her. no hearing has been set on her motion.

    the nursing school expelled her march 2, saying her myspace postings...
    Last edit by sirI on Apr 10, '09 : Reason: edited for copyright purposes
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    If she didn't violate any policies regarding HIPPA/patients information, then I think she has a hell of a case. It seems as if the school administration, in an act to quite her up, decided to kick her out based on her protected opinions.
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    Well, she is expressing her views, she is not breaking the law, but she certainly is controversial and maybe unwise.

    It does make you wonder if she'd give good care to certain people but I think we all have viewpoints that might cause others to be wary of us if every thought we think was expressed aloud. The postings here on the board demonstrate our frustrations with certain ER patients, other patients, doctors, family members and other visitors, administrative and managerial views and practices, and so forth. We still give proper care to our patients. So might this author.

    This case will be interesting to watch.
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    her problem will be looking bad when they read her opinions to the jury. the school will roll out their code of conduct, selectivily enforced of course. i think this only makes the school look bad, they only want people who agree with the admin and kiss their $$$.

    i have nurse relatives who rant about patients all the time, no names of course, that doesn't make them bad nurses or mean they will give sub par care to these people.
    Last edit by sirI on Apr 11, '09
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    Well even if she did violate the school's code of conduct, if that code is unconstitutional (like saying they'd kick you out if you said something that they didn't "like"-which is pretty ambiguous anyway) then she should win.

    I think this is a pretty clear cut case and I don't see it getting past the local district/circuit court.
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    Quote from libnat
    [font=verdana] they only want people who agree with the admin and kiss their a$$.
    this is the attitude of all schools and other bastions of authority. it is wise to be low-key when your opinions are controversial, at least until you get what you want from one of these institutions.
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    Oh dang. I didn't know we lost the freedom of speech?
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    Quote from Vito Andolini
    Well, she is expressing her views, she is not breaking the law, but she certainly is controversial and maybe unwise.

    It does make you wonder if she'd give good care to certain people but I think we all have viewpoints that might cause others to be wary of us if every thought we think was expressed aloud. The postings here on the board demonstrate our frustrations with certain ER patients, other patients, doctors, family members and other visitors, administrative and managerial views and practices, and so forth. We still give proper care to our patients. So might this author.

    This case will be interesting to watch.
    I agree. The student does have a right to be a fool and she utilized that right via My space.

    We express ourselves here, but anonymously. She should have expressed her views anonymously.
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    By reading the news story, I was fired up that this might be a really serious violation of the nursing student's first amendment rights. Then it occured to me that universities tend to be staffed by smart people who know what they are doing. So I went to Myspace and found Nina Yoder's page. (It's easy to find - just search by her name.)

    According to her entry on her Myspace, as a part of her OB rotation, she was assigned to find a pregnant woman and follow that woman's care and delivery. She says she did that, and that this pregnant woman was someone she worked with in an ER. She then goes on to describe the labor and delivery of this woman's baby in disrespectful and disgusting terms.

    Imagine how this woman would feel to know her delivery experience that she was so kind to let a student in on was described this way, publicly, on the internet. This was a violation because the woman in the entry is identifiable.
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    Oh... Just found her 'post.'

    She's SOOO toast.


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