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by thatgirl37 thatgirl37 (New) New

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Okay so a news article was posted about an obituary on a patient and my coworker shared it on social media.

I commented that I was sad he died and one of the other workers comments it was time to go and mentioned what med he was on. I agreed to the statement.

I got put on leave because of a HIPAA violation and now I’m freaking out that I’m going to get fired. I had no intention of violating HIPAA and I know that’s not an excuse and I should know better.

Are HIPAA violations always fireable offenses or do companies ever give you a second chance? I’ve absolutely learned from this and I’ve deleted all my social media.

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It's hard to say what will happen. Where I work it's immediate termination despite your employment history. And yikes! It was his "time to go"?!! That was a callous statement at best. 😬

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Enarra has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Ambulatory Primary Care.

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Call your med mal Liability Insurance ask to speak to a lawyer and or go TAANA American association of nurse attorneys https://taana.org/  talk to a attorney from there and don’t post anymore details here as it’s a public forum and your employer could be reading this.   Best of luck

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Thank you for the comments. I ended up getting a verbal warning and was allowed to keep my job. Lesson learned! 

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JadedCPN has 13 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Pediatrics, Pediatric Float, PICU, NICU.

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45 minutes ago, thatgirl37 said:

Thank you for the comments. I ended up getting a verbal warning and was allowed to keep my job. Lesson learned! 

I'm curious if your co-worker who went as far as to mention a medication he was on got as lucky as you did.

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