Keeping A Written Record Of The Patients You've Had: Good Or Bad? - page 6

I've always kept my paper list of patients I have when I take report and thoughout the shift of the patients I've had. Now I keep a notebook just in case management pulls me in for questioning I can... Read More

  1. by   nurseprnRN
    Keep your notes locked on the unit. Never, never, never remove them from the hospital unless they are totally, and I mean totally scrubbed of all possible identifying data. There's a sticky thread at the bottom of the HIPAA Forum that will tell you what those are.
  2. by   psu_213
    Quote from calivianya
    Does this mean I have sheets with very identifiable patient information in my clipboard currently on my desk at home that I take with me to clinical, since I'm a student and don't have a locker on the unit? Well, I'm not going to say directly, but you can guess the answer there.
    I have to say, this is not a good situation in which to be. I have heard stories (and, yes, they are just stories, so some facts may be embellished), however, they involve someone who is no supposed to have access to this information making this information public (a child, an angry ex, an otherwise well meaning spouse) and the person who was keeping the information "safe" now gets in big trouble.

    Ask your preceptor if they can keep it in their locker for you, but do not (ever, never) take it home with you.