I thought nurses were supposed to report any abuse or potential abuse of patients, especially children, elderly or handicapped patients, and that as long as the nurse reported the information in good faith, (ie not maliciously harm the person being reported) they were protected.
Today on the news, a nurse who had taken care of Terri Schiavo claims to have been fired the day after she reported to authorities some suspicious activity by pts husband. If true, this seems kinda scarey as any of us who are required to report abuse could then loose our jobs for doing so.
This is the affidavit by an LPN (now RN) who took care of Terri:
This is the affidavit by a nursing assistant who took care of Terri:
After reading these documents and seeing the interview of the RN on national news programs, I am curious now, if the new Hippa law could/will be used to prosecute this nurse (or ANY nurse in a similar situation)
She has now gone on public record and discussed this patients medical information and interactions that she witnessed when she was an employee of a health care facility. I realize that her affidavit is a document required by the legal system, and would probably not get her into trouble, but her appearance on the news programs is what I am wondering about.
Any thoughts on this subject...?