Nursing Student Blog Lawsuit

  1. 4 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
  2. Visit  libnat profile page

    About libnat

    From 'Louisville, KY'; 25 Years Old; Joined Apr '09; Posts: 288; Likes: 161.

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  3. Visit  Agrippa profile page
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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.
  4. Visit  Vito Andolini profile page
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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.
  5. Visit  libnat profile page
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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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  6. Visit  Agrippa profile page
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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.
    canoehead likes this.
  7. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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    Quote from libnat
    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.
  8. Visit  Atheos profile page
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    Oh dang. I didn't know we lost the freedom of speech?
    Fiona59 likes this.
  9. Visit  Valerie Salva profile page
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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.
    Meriwhen, Vito Andolini, SoulFood, and 3 others like this.
  10. Visit  Multicollinearity profile page
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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.
    canoehead, yalienne, tvccrn, and 34 others like this.
  11. Visit  Atheos profile page
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    Oh... Just found her 'post.'

    She's SOOO toast.
  12. Visit  greenbeanio profile page
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    In her blog postings, copies of which are attached to the suit, Yoder defends the right to bear arms and makes often caustic and profane observations on race, sex and religion, including diatribes against Christians and blacks.
    In another passage, Yoder describes how the nursing school is in downtown Louisville, adjoining an area "inhabited by humanoids who have an IQ of 10 and whose needs and actions are basically instinctive. As in, all they do is ----, eat, ---- and kill each other,"
    Any guesses as to who she's talking about here?

    Feeling as she does, do you really think she could go on to give truly compassionate care to those she views as subhuman?
  13. Visit  libnat profile page
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    creative use of language, she was an army medic so probably has a track record of giving care to all kinds of people.
    Altra likes this.
  14. Visit  oramar profile page
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    I am not going to comment about this particular case but I have to say that there is going to be a lot more of this sort of thing. These blogs are the cat out of bag to the zillioneth degree. You can come down on this one or that one but you can't stop a million. All through my nursing career I was told to "shut up" soooo often. It is the one thing about nursing I really hated. It is not that I like or approve of what people are saying, I just think the days of shutting people up are about over. Is it a good thing or bad? You know what I don't know.
    lwcante, RNSC, and aklgap like this.

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