I have been a nurse for 2 years now. I really love my job. I was a medical assistant for 10 years prior. My situation is recently my mom was in my hospital. I am the POA on her. I was turned in for violating HIPPA for looking in her chart and taking photos of her CXR(by one of my peers). I have deleted photos off my phone in front of HR. I did not know I was violating HIPPA when looking in her chart because I was POA I did not think it was. My interim director phoned me and told me not to look in her chart without HIM. I stopped at that point as I did not know it was a violation up until that point. When I came back to work after being off to take care of my mom I was called into HIM and HR directors office to discuss my situation. I am awaiting corporate discussion on my outcome. I am truly regretful for having done this but honestly I had no idea it was violation with myself being POA. I do not want to loose me job. If anyone knows of anything that may help my situation if possible please let me know.