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Coworker violated HIPPA

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MassNurse24 has 3 years experience as a BSN and works as a Registered Nurse.

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Your coworker was honestly probably thrown off because you were pressing for answers.

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bgxyrnf has 10 years experience.

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OP, why would you engage in your little fishing expedition?

Your nephew's condition was being treated and he had not asked for your advice or input, nor is there anything that you could offer him even by gaining that knowledge.

You should have simply let it be but your curiosity and desire to nose into someone else's private business got the better of you and your coworker gave you exactly what you were secretly hoping for... confirmation of your suspicions.

Bad on her but double-bad on you... you didn't just violate a patient's privacy as did your coworker... you invaded the privacy of a family member whom you claim to love. Talk about violation... and betrayal. Yuck.

You knowingly and willingly started fishing for information and YOU'RE the victim? Um, no.

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Alex_RN has 3 years experience and works as a RN.

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What a hot mess. I think you and your friend should discuss how both of you are pretty loose with HIPPA. Don't pick a fight or play the blame game (because you are both at fault), but review some online education and commit to the ethics of patient privacy. No more looking at charts unless you are providing care. Don't discuss patient issues, especially if they are friends or family. Take the high road.

"I have been thinking about the other day and we were inappropriate. I should not have been discussing my nephew's health status and we should not look at charts inappropriately."

Since your personal and private life overlap, you need to be a lot MORE vigilant. Look how easy it was for you to commit a major violation.

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Decitabinequeen has 9 years experience.

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What would you do?

I work in an Infectious Disease Clinic. I am newer to this role. My nephew, who is gay, called me one day at work to tell me he was diagnosed with HIV. I was able to get him in right away. All of my coworkers were supportive. I was very appreciative. I work with a friend that I have known for years. Well, my nephew kept coming back to the clinic, weekly. I asked him why he was coming, and he said, "For some shots, it's no big deal." I got the sense he didn't want to tell me, so I didn't press the issue. I started to think, "Oh wow, he probably has syphilis." I did not, and would not, ever look at his medical record. Not only would it be a complete violation of trust between my nephew and I, I also figured they would be watching my activity since I work there and because of the sensitivity of the issue.

i casually mentioned to my friend and coworker that I thought he had syphilis. She asked me, "What makes you think that?" I said, "Well, he keeps coming down here for shots, as he calls it. I figured that would be the only reason." She said, "Yeah, he does. I saw it." Then she looked at her computer! I was dumbfounded. I would never turn her in or tell on her. However, my feelings are hurt. He's my family. Even though she wronged me, I am worried about her being found out and losing her job. I guess I am telling you this for emotional support. Also, please don't become complacent in your practice. Don't feel as if you have a right to know something. Don't do this to your friends or coworkers. When you are the victim of this, it hurts. What do you guys think?

WHY did you even ask about his possible syphilis diagnosis?!?! What I think is that you're a terrible, nosy family member who shouldn't be asking your peers about your nephew's health situation!

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CrunchRN has 25 years experience as a ADN and works as a Nurse.

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You were both wrong. The only smart thing to do is forget about it and never ever again speak with anyone about your nephew's health status.

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SURGICALNURSE2NPORMD has 20 years experience and works as a RN ,Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine,PHD ,MPH.

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you do know that you can report this violation anonymously. If you feel very bothered about this i would do what you think is best.

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SaltineQueen works as a School Nurse.

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Even though she wronged me

She didn't wrong YOU, she (and you) wronged your NEPHEW.

When you are the victim of this, it hurts. What do you guys think?

I think you're not the victim, your nephew is. You have no right to feel wronged or hurt.

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