Seeing your patient in the news

  1. We have a patient who is involved in a legal issue and due to the patient's job it makes headlines. It hurts to read the stupid comments people are making on Facebook when the newspapers post the headlines. I just want to say something about how this person just made a mistake and is doing his/her best to make it better.
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    About imapsychrn, BSN

    Joined: Nov '07; Posts: 86; Likes: 23
    Psych Nurse; from US
    Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience

    10 Comments

  3. by   classicdame
    don't. You said it here and that is enough.
  4. by   KimberlyRN89
    Quote from classicdame
    don't. You said it here and that is enough.
    I agree. When I worked in corrections and I saw my pts(inmates) quite often on the evening news. It's never okay to comment about them via Facebook or whatever.
  5. by   nurseprnRN
    If you speak up, it'll be too damn easy to connect your relationship to this person as because of your job; even if you try to mask it, someone will connect the dots. HIPAA violation.

    I worked in a place once where I regularly saw who my patients would be in the evening by reading the morning paper; we also got celebrities fairly often. Learn professional discretion and you'll never regret using it.
  6. by   Meriwhen
    As much as you want to help repair this person's character, hold your tongue. Your intentions may be noble, but you risk doing the patient--and YOUR career--more harm than good.

    This is doubly true since you are clearly--by your username, at least--a psych nurse. All the media needs to see is a mental health professional commenting out of the blue on the patient's mistake...
  7. by   imapsychrn
    I would never comment or say anything. I should have clarified this. I was just venting my feelings, not meaning I was considering it.
  8. by   Esme12
    Yeah...it is best to keep you thoughts to yourself. People find social media for a venue to be mean.

    Cowards behind a keyboard.
  9. by   ~PedsRN~
    I am on the other side of it - I see the horrible stories involving the kids that I take care of on the news - and there are often people defending their parents, etc. UGH. I get the urge, I really do!!
  10. by   Momma1RN
    HIPAA. Enough said.
  11. by   KelRN215
    I see my patients on the News all the time. I just saw one of my patients on TV about 2 hours ago, actually. A patient I saw earlier today in person. When I worked in the hospital, we got a lot of high profile cases... shaken babies, mostly, that made the news. It's only a matter of time before one of the kids whose parents I've reported to CPS over and over again ends up making the news. And then, I'll WANT to scream out loud "they've (CPS) been doing nothing for MONTHS!" But, I'll leave discovering that to the investigative journalists.
  12. by   ~PedsRN~
    Quote from KelRN215
    I see my patients on the News all the time. I just saw one of my patients on TV about 2 hours ago, actually. A patient I saw earlier today in person. When I worked in the hospital, we got a lot of high profile cases... shaken babies, mostly, that made the news. It's only a matter of time before one of the kids whose parents I've reported to CPS over and over again ends up making the news. And then, I'll WANT to scream out loud "they've (CPS) been doing nothing for MONTHS!" But, I'll leave discovering that to the investigative journalists.
    You nailed it!

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