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La Verne teacher claims Kaiser Permanente nurse violated her privacy Source... Read More

  1. by   HappyBunnyNurse
    Regardless of what happened in the classroom the nurse had no right to abuse her in this way. Just because someone is a teacher doesn't make her life public property. I read several posts on here that seemed to excuse the nurse's behavior because she is a mother in a dispute with a teacher. Nurses upset family members too! How would you like it if the family of every post- surgical patient you made ever made ambulate or every patient you've had on fluid restriction had access to your private medical record?
  2. by   Dragonnurse1
    There are always three side to every story - Side A's, Side B's and somewhere in the middle is the truth. A classic 3-edged sword, or if you prefer Achems razor.
  3. by   Jolie
    Quote from FireStarterRN
    But they do have access to our children and many parents fear retribution from teachers toward our children if they dare to make any waves.

    Teachers come in all types and, like nurses, suffer burn out, have personal problems, physical maladies, mental illnesses. Some teachers are explosive and can be verbally abusive, can pick on one child, play favorites etc.
    That's what principals, administrators and school boards are for. Would you "excuse" the behavior of a disgruntled patient who violated your privacy as "payback" or would you expect her to follow proper channels and discuss her dis-satisfaction with your supervisor?

    Let's turn the situation around...Your child's teacher is your patient in the hospital. She is dis-satisfied with your nursing care. Instead of coming to you or your supervisor, she releases your child's school record, revealing failing grades, records of counseling and diciplinary actions. Should she be fired, or excused for having a bad day?
  4. by   FireStarterRN
    I never was 'excusing' this nurse's actions, but I was trying to explain motive. I understand the frustrations of having children in school at the mercy of sometimes emotionally unstable teachers.

    As I said in my first post, I never would think of doing this myself.
  5. by   vintagestudent
    Quote from FireStarterRN
    I never was 'excusing' this nurse's actions, but I was trying to explain motive. I understand the frustrations of having children in school at the mercy of sometimes emotionally unstable teachers.

    As I said in my first post, I never would think of doing this myself.
    I'm with you on this one. I, too, wasn't trying to justify this mom-nurse's most unprofessional action.
  6. by   morte
    in this particular case, the child had been removed from that teachers class already....so this makes it even less reasonable....
  7. by   FireStarterRN
    Quote from morte
    in this particular case, the child had been removed from that teachers class already....so this makes it even less reasonable....
    I totally agree. The nurse in question was merely motivated by vengeance !
  8. by   blue note
    Update: Nursing board opens probe into Kaiser Permanente nurse accused of violating patient privacy

    The state nursing board confirmed Friday that it is looking into a Kaiser Permanente nurse accused of prying into the medical records of her son's elementary- school teacher.

    The Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians said it received a complaint about Lisa Martinez and opened an investigation.

    The board investigates all such complaints, and Martinez's license as a vocational nurse could be in jeopardy.

    "Due to our rules, we can't disclose the nature of the complaint or what stage of the investigation we are in," said Karen Newquist, an enforcement program manager with the nursing board.

    The enforcement division declined to say when the complaint was filed. A typical investigation can take anywhere between a few months to more than a year to complete, according to Enforcement Division Chief Angelina Martin.

    Martinez works at a Kaiser Permanente office in San Dimas. A call to Martinez's voicemail said she was on maternity leave.

    Martinez has been a licensed vocational nurse since October 2004, according to state records. She is licensed in intravenous therapy and has no previous complaints on her record, officials said.

    Officials at Kaiser Permanente were not aware of the board of nursing investigation, according to spokeswoman Reyna Del Haro. Kaiser is conducting its own investigation.

    "As far as I know, our investigation is just beginning," Del Haro said. "All of this just basically came to light this week. These things take time and people are looking into it."

    Del Haro would not comment on Martinez's employment history with Kaiser.

    On May 29, Louise Steele, 56, filed a lawsuit against Martinez and Kaiser Permanente claiming that Martinez pried into her medical file and reported the findings to her employer, Bonita Unified School District.

    Steele, a second-grade teacher, accuses the nurse and the San Dimas-based medical office of conspiracy, negligence, invasion of privacy and emotional distress, according to the complaint.

    Martinez's son is one of Steele's former students.

    Peter Nasmyth, Steele's attorney would not discuss the case.

    "This case remains fluid and facts are developing very quickly," Nasmyth said Friday. "I am not inclined to comment at this time."

    The California Department of Managed Health Care, which regulates health plan operations, has not received any complaints about the San Dimas medical office or Martinez.

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