I am currently under iinvestigation for a HIPAA violation at my facility. This was a one time occurrence, I had a friend in the hospital which I work at whom I hadn't heard from and was worried about so I quickly clicked her chart one night to ensure she was ok since I hadn't heard from her. She is aware I did this, this isn't anything I was trying to hide from her. (Please no nasty comments, as I've seen many people like to leave). I know what I did was wrong and have learned from this. I am currently 7 months pregnant and the stress this has been causing me is unmeasurable.
My question is, are all HIPAA violations reported to the board or some entity that is made public knowledge for future employers to find? I'm asking because I am considering resigning before they terminate me, since I am almost certain that is going to be the outcome. I feel since it was such a small scale violation it won't be reported, however I haven't been able to find any information on this online. Resigning always seems the better option, especially if this violation won't be made public for anyone to find out.