Is this a violation?

  1. I haven't seen this addressed anywhere and I'm curious. I started working in a Children's Hospital a few months ago. I knew before working there that a lot of the time people have benefits for long term medical bills, especially when it involves kids. Is it a violation to "like" a benefit page for a kid I've taken care of and share it? It might help the kid out but since I've taken care of the kid am I violating HIPAA? Or since I'm not sharing any medical info and it's the parents or friends am I ok? Thanks.
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  3. by   MendedHeart
    If permission is given, signed release to share Info, and since this is family initiated, It sounds ok to me, others?
  4. by   enuf_already
    See if your hospital has a social media policy. It's better to find out the rules directly from your employer than to second guess and not have a job.
  5. by   nurse2033
    Good advice enuf... But to identify yourself as a nurse who took care of the patient does not violate their HIPAA rights. You are exhibiting- risk for HIPAA hysteria, a heretofore little known nursing label.
  6. by   DizzyLizzyNurse
    Nothing signed. Just the mom mentioned having a Facebook page for the kid so I checked it out.
  7. by   nurseprnRN
    Although it's probably not a violation to identify yourself as a nurse who cared for this child, it would be prudent not to...and absolutely contraindicated if your facility social media policy says no. Of course in any case you would never mention one word about specifics of treatment,response, behavior, or anything else about the child. "Like" and that's all, in that case. And your FB page doesn't say anything at all about your being an RN at ABC Children's Hospital. Nothing. Zip. Nada.
  8. by   DizzyLizzyNurse
    My profile doesn't even say I'm a nurse so I'm good in the department. Thanks.
  9. by   Esme12
    Like it share mention that you "know" the child.
  10. by   KelRN215
    I would maybe like the page but I wouldn't share it.