advise needed - page 2

i have recently experienced been terminated from my position at a hospital for a HIPPA violation and need some advise. the incident occurred about two weeks ago on a shift at work. background: i... Read More

  1. by   BSN16
    To clarify, i have a list of every department of the hospital as well. it is NOT HIPAA unless you access the chart.
  2. by   taivin
    That's fine, but she didn't keep her mouth closed... That's the violation. Chills ran down my spine when I read your post OP. I knew what would happen before you told us. Live and learn. Someone you told doesn't like you.

    In nursing gossip can harm. I've learned from very early on to keep my big mouth closed no matter how tempting. Sorry for your hard learned lesson. You'll survive; you have lots of experience.
  3. by   nurse.ethel.RN
    It's a violation because the name of the pt she saw, albeit co-worker, was not on her unit. It was logging her into a unit she was no longer working on AND she mentioned it to other co-workers.
  4. by   nurse2033
    The fact that the patient was in the hospital is not HIPAA protected unless they requested to be confidential. In that case just talking about her being there would violate her privacy. But if you didn't go into the chart, and she wasn't confidential, you should get a lawyer.
  5. by   Apple-Core
    I think the best piece of advice here is from the first reply, "What is key here is what you have learned from the situation and what you will do to prevent it in the future". If there's one thing I am really learning from these forums, it is that the best policy, in almost all cases, is to keep your lips sealed.