Schiavo's Nurse to Keep License

  1. PLANT CITY -- Nurse Carla Sauer-Iyer won't lose her nursing license for discussing former patient Terri Schiavo's condition on television last year.

    A Florida Board of Nursing panel dismissed a complaint against Sauer-Iyer on Thursday after a lawyer representing the Department of Health said rules requiring nurses not to disclose patient information also require them to report ``apparent neglect and abuse'' of patients.


    http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.d...AKING/60817008
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    I hope the Florida Board of Nursing adds the explicit right to advocate for patients part of their Nurse Practice Act!

    We all know we have the obligation.
  4. by   elkpark
    Quote from JohnBee
    PLANT CITY -- Nurse Carla Sauer-Iyer won't lose her nursing license for discussing former patient Terri Schiavo's condition on television last year.

    A Florida Board of Nursing panel dismissed a complaint against Sauer-Iyer on Thursday after a lawyer representing the Department of Health said rules requiring nurses not to disclose patient information also require them to report ``apparent neglect and abuse'' of patients.
    "Report," yes -- but to the appropriate state authorities, not the national media!! I think it's a shame she's keeping her license; I thought her behavior was extremely self-serving, inappropriate, and unprofessional.
  5. by   ZASHAGALKA
    What did you expect?

    The Gov weighed in on it. That made it a political issue.

    You don't diss the man that signs off on your budget - Politics 101.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  6. by   pickledpepperRN
    Quote from ZASHAGALKA
    What did you expect?

    The Gov weighed in on it. That made it a political issue.

    You don't diss the man that signs off on your budget - Politics 101.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    Tell that to California nurses!

    He tried to eliminate our Board of Nursing. http://www.nursingworld.org/pressrel/2005/pr0218.htm
    Last edit by pickledpepperRN on Aug 19, '06
  7. by   NRSKarenRN
    Lets keep on track with THIS issue please:
    nurses not to disclose patient information publically while law requiring nurses to report ``apparent neglect and abuse'' of patients.
  8. by   PANurseRN1
    Report it to the proper authorities, yes. Blather to the media for 15 minutes of fame? No.

    I am disappointed she was not sanctioned in some way. Heaven help the pts. she may care for in the future. Her unprofessional, self-righteous actions put the confidentiality of her future pts. in jeopardy. I'm ashamed to know she is part of our profession.
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    "Report," yes -- but to the appropriate state authorities, not the national media!! I think it's a shame she's keeping her license; I thought her behavior was extremely self-serving, inappropriate, and unprofessional.
    :yeahthat:
  10. by   pickledpepperRN
    I agree. It is not appropriate to discuss a patient on TV news.
  11. by   PANurseRN1
    Particularly since nearly 10y had passed since she took care of that pt. How could she possibly have given a credible opinion about TS status?

    I'm disappointed that a facility hired this blabbermouth.
  12. by   SharonH, RN
    Quote from elkpark
    "Report," yes -- but to the appropriate state authorities, not the national media!! I think it's a shame she's keeping her license; I thought her behavior was extremely self-serving, inappropriate, and unprofessional.

    Precisely. She should be ashamed of herself.

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