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working where you get your own medical care?

by OrangeSN OrangeSN (New) New

I'm curious to know how nurses feel about working in the same hospital network where they get their own medical care. Any reason to avoid?

Sometimes there's nowhere else to go. When I was on clear liqs postop I asked the dietician if I could have red and green jello, not that disgusting yellow or orange, and have extra instead of the chicken bouillon. It was wonderful. :)

Otherwise, if you don't want visitors and don't want anyone to know you're a nurse, go somewhere else.

BrandonLPN, LPN

Has 5 years experience.

Many towns don't have more than one hospital.

Are you talking about a HIPAA/privacy thing?

To some extent you just have to trust that integrity (or the threat of being canned) will be enough to prevent coworkers from looking up intimate info about you in the EMR or whatever.

I live in a not-so-big city, and once I took a job in the local hospital it became quickly apparent to me that all of my medical records were a few clicks away to anyone with a log-in to the hospital documentation system. It was a small town. It was the only place to go when you needed hospitalization. Anyone who had ever been an inpatient there had extensive medical records in the system. Easy as doing a google search. My records where there, so were my mom's. And my neighbor's. And former classmates. And many co-workers.

Once you're in the system, that info's accessible to anyone who can log into that system. That's why hospitals have to be so strict about these things. They can track who's info you're pulling up. I saw a few coworkers get fired for being too curious.

I would never go to my ED for a GYN complaint, as it's too personal and I'd rather have some distance from the folks treating me. Otherwise, I feel that for emergency care, my hospital is excellent and that's where I'd like to go if I suffered a trauma, MI, or stroke.

loriangel14, RN

Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

I haven;t been a patient but I have cared for a few coworkers. It didn't present any problem.I would have no problem going to my own hospital for care. I am Canadian so I can go where ever I want for care and I would still choose my hospital.

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I don't like to be naked where I work.

BlueDevil,DNP, DNP, RN

Specializes in FNP, ONP. Has 25 years experience.

From a primary care perspective, I would prefer my colleagues and the office staff with whom I am personally acquainted did not see me for their health care. I do not want to be privy to their personal lives in that detail. I don't want to know who takes viagra, who takes antipsychotics or antifungals. I don't want to hear about your vaginal dryness, your PTSD, your sleepless nights, or your trigger finger. I really really don't want to have to treat your new case of the clap just to have you swear me to secrecy about your recent indiscretion, and then have to make small talk sitting next to your wife at the company dinner. It is about drawing a line and keeping professional relationships professional. That's hard to do once I've seen you naked, which is why I wouldn't have sex with a coworker either, lol. Let's all just agree to keep our clothes on if we work together. Keeps things simpler. Boundaries, people, boundaries.

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

I kind of don't really have a choice. The insurance covers much much less for any other facility. 70% minus deductibles, copays and 10% of provider bills compared to 100% minus deductibles, copays, and 10% of provider bills. So my egd I had done a few years ago cost me about $250 out of pocket versus the quote of $875 I got if I'd had it done in the GI's office.

Racer15, BSN, RN

Specializes in ED. Has 5 years experience.

I work in my hospital's ED and my insurance only covers care through my hospital network. You better believe I will have to be dead before I go to the ER for anything.

I don't mind going where I work mostly because they know my history which means I don't have to sit there and explain to a bunch of people I don't know what my condition is, how I'm affected, SS etc! Plus I get treated really well.

classicdame, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

not an issue for me since my hospital stays are free. That is motivation enough

dudette10, MSN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Academics. Has 10 years experience.

I have no issues getting care where I work. I prefer it. I've had extensive care over the past year, and my docs and nurses have gone above and beyond for me. One of my docs has personally chosen the anesthesiologist on my surgical cases, even when he wasn't my surgeon. A personal friend arranged to be my circulator on two of my surgeries, at my request. Their professionalism is the only boundary I need, and they maintain it very well.

nrsang97, BSN, RN

Specializes in Neuro ICU and Med Surg. Has 20 years experience.

I did have my son at the hospital I worked at. I was very comfortable. I didn't know the OB staff and they didn't know me. I usually go to that same hospital now for care. I have gone to my hospital ER before for a leg injury and such. My records are in the system so it makes it easier.


Specializes in L&D. Has 2 years experience.

I work 45miles from where I live so I go to my local hospital....however, I work in L&D and I would prob not go there for laboring if I had a choice..b/c I would be embarrassed to have my coworkers see me that way!!

TerpGal02, ASN

Specializes in Psych. Has 6 years experience.

I use outpatient services where I work. Maybe its a terrible idea, I don't know. I have bipolar d/o and I work at a free standing psych hospital that has outpt services. I have my psychiatrist and therapist through them. Really the only competent game in town. My therapist is off site so no one knows me there. My pdoc on the other hand sees adolescent inpts in the morning. Some adults too and takes call for adults. So we see eachorher often. I rarely have to get orders from him though. He was my pdoc before I started here and I will hold on like grim death to keep him as my pdoc.

I have had terrible luck with psychiatrists in the past. Mostly inept or dismissive that overmedicated me. I was misdiagnosed all my adult life. My c pdoc properly dx me on our first meeting. I am on less medication (but the right kind) and I have never felt better. He treats me very professionallyon the off chance we do have significant interaction at work, and he listens to me when I make suggestions with patients.


Specializes in Public Health, L&D, NICU. Has 15 years experience.

I delivered in the L&D where I worked, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I got the absolute best care for my baby and me because these were my friends. I knew the doc very well, knew how he practiced, and he knew me and liked me. A big benefit of the personal relationship? He came in on a night he was NOT on call to deliver me because I was a "special" patient. All the nurses I worked with delivered there, and we all got the extra special treatment from the docs (coming in on off days to care for us, having their personal cell numbers and home numbers) and the other nurses. I'm probably going to do bariatric surgery in the near future, and I will do it in the same facility. I no longer work there, but I know the anesthesia staff very well, and so I know what kind of care I'll get.

applewhitern, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU. Has 30 years experience.

I prefer to go where people don't know me. I don't want to work with people who have seen me naked. I would find it hard to maintain a professional relationship with someone who has done things to me, like inserted a foley, etc. My deductibles are cheaper at my place of employment, but as long as I can pay for it, I'll go somewhere else.

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 41 years experience.

I have done both....I will tell you that while I was working I found going to the hospital where I worked was not a good idea.....I had a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis that they didn 't "know" about......I didn't work there for very long after they found out.

When I had my babies there I was well cared for so it depends on what you arr having done or what is wrong with you.