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Nurses Fired Over Cell Phone Photos Of Patient

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Specializes in SRNA. Has 6 years experience.

LAKE GENEVA, Wis. -- Nurses accused of photographing a patient and posting the pictures on the Internet have been fired.

The investigation started with an anonymous call from an employee at Mercy Walworth Medical Center in Lake Geneva, with the allegation that a nurse took pictures of a patient with her cell phone and posted them on her Facebook page.

http://www.wisn.com/cnn-news/18796315/detail.html

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 27 years experience.

Pretty stupid of these nurses if they did take pics with their cell phones. HIPAA has been around long enough now that everyone should understand this isn't allowed.

chani

Specializes in Critical Care Nursing.

It is hard to disagree with traumaRUs!

What was this nurse thinking?:icon_roll

Just goes to show you that if you are thinking of doing something stupid someone else probably just had the same idea.

What were they thinking...did they think it was funny to publicly humiliate a patient in such a callous manner?! feliz3

Jolie, BSN

Specializes in Maternal - Child Health. Has 35 years experience.

There was clearly no professional or educational purpose or intent in taking these pictures.

I am aware of staff members charged with HIPAA violations for divulging "identifying" information about patients such as unique tattoos, etc. Given that this man's reason for visiting the ER was so unusual, I bet one could make a convincing argument that this was a HIPAA violation, even if his name and other demographic information was not revealed.

llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 44 years experience.

I wouldn't disagree with jail time for a case like this.

"HIPAA!" is in action!

They deserved to be fired. I don't feel an ounce sorry for them.

There was clearly no professional or educational purpose or intent in taking these pictures.

I am aware of staff members charged with HIPAA violations for divulging "identifying" information about patients such as unique tattoos, etc. Given that this man's reason for visiting the ER was so unusual, I bet one could make a convincing argument that this was a HIPAA violation, even if his name and other demographic information was not revealed.

You are absolutely right. I got suspicious of their motives for those nurses did not ask permission in written form to the patient explaining to him the purpose for the photos of his x-rays, and, as you said, removing identifying information from the x-ray. Neither, did the article say those nurses consulted with their supervisor about their intentions. I imagine if those nurses would have had the decency of requesting permission for obvious reasons the patient's response would have been a big no. I feel sad for that patient for I feel his humanity was trampled on by the very people who should be the patient's advocate. feliz3

heron, ASN, RN

Specializes in Hospice. Has 40 years experience.

:angryfire:madface::angryfire No way is this OK ... I don't care whether names were removed.

These nurses should not only lose their jobs, but their licenses should be suspended until they are thoroughly re-educated!

We all vent from time to time. We all laugh at the amazing stuff we see. This kind of public mockery, however, is totally unacceptable.

Shame on them and on the mindset that assumes that pts' problems are appropriate material for public comedy.

Having worked with HIV+ patients, I'm a bit over the top regarding privacy issues ... I've seen the damage that can be done. IMHO, our duty to protect confidentiality is just as fundamental as the seal of the confessional is for clergy.

StNeotser, ASN, RN

Has 10 years experience.

:nono:

Thinking about it there are many similar things posted on the internet and they all must have come from some unscrupulous health care employee.

This is not at all ok and they certainly shouldn't have needed HIPAA to guide them on this issue. They should have consulted their (obviously missing) inner moral compasses.

Re-educated or not, this is definitely NOT the kind of nurse I'd ever want taking care of me or my family. :nono: No way.

As someone else stated earlier, I don't feel sorry for them at all in that they were fired. They better hope they aren't sued!

Mahage, LPN

Specializes in IMCU. Has 1 years experience.

This was just ridiculous. Some kind of mean heartless "nurses" there! This was unacceptable a long time before HIPPA!

RN1982

Specializes in ICU/Critical Care.

Their maturity on a scale from 1 to 10 with 10 being very mature, their level is about a 1. I can't believe that they did something like this then again I can believe that they did something like this. Way to just humiliate the patient some more. I'm sure he was humiliated enough. They deserved to be fired. They deserve to have their licenses revoked also. I wouldn't be opposed to fines or some sort of jail time either.

More idiots who give the rest of US a bad rep.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

I'm surprised no one has mentioned this, but it is also time to do something punitive to the visitors and family members who take cell phone pictures of patients and staff without expressed or written consent.

oslogirl

Has 12 years experience.

OMG, how stupid. Honestly, if they are that dumb, then they should'nt be nursing

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