Just recently my friend and recovering narcotics abuser (ONLY used 90 days) had to be hospitalized for emergency surgery at the same hospital she was terminated from last fall. After 2 days on her old floor her old nurse manager walks into her room and said she just realized she was there and was having her moved from the surgical wing. Not to another floor but to another building!
The NM ask if it was OK to move her and my friend said no she was fine there and was not embarrassed (been clean 6 months YEAH!!). She has been found to have pancreatitis divisum, gall bladder sludge and ulcerative colitis that was septic at the time. At the time the physicians working with her told her they were 90% sure she had sclerosing chongalitis (terrifying). She is a 25 year old single mom with a possibly fatal desease and they are checking out her chart and moving her around the hospital to protect themselves. There is an ongoing investigation from the events surrounding her termination. This seemed pretty self serving to me since the NM that took the action was been named in the investigation. I have instructed her to acquire an attorney because I believe this to be a HIPAA violation.