I had a patient who said he didn't want visitors....and no, it wasn't right, but this family and patient was a very difficult one and they wore me down over the three days I had him. So, at the end of my three day stretch, he got mad, said he didn't want any visitors. It was Christmas Eve, I let his family walk back to give him a stocking. And he said (rightfully so) that he felt like I violated his rights. I felt so bad right then, my judgment was clouded. And I know it wasn't right. I would and will never do it again.
But now it has gotten take to HR, by a fellow employee and my manager, as a HIPAA violation and that could be grounds for termination. Does this seems like a HIPAA violation? I didn't share any info. I read our policy, and they leave room for interpretation, probably for things like this.
But any person I work with would be surprised that this is considered a HIPAA violation. It wasn't malicious, for personal gain or anything.
So I am just wonder what other people think? I am not really wanting to ask anyone at work.
The patient and his family DID NOT file a formal complaint, it was just something he said at the time. So that is in my favor. But I am so scared for my family, my job and my career/license. I am the sole bread winner. I'm afraid to let my husband and children down. And can't bear to tell my husband. He would be so disappointed.
I already feel so bad. My manager said she would fight for me to keep my job. That i may just get a high level of corrective action. Which I can live with that. Just don't want to lose a job I love and a license I worked so hard for.