Im curious go know if there's any RN'S to Nurse's on here
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Liz - posted on 11/19/2011
It's not just the HIPPA, though that is very much part of it, but more the Code of Conduct for nurses. I don't know if you have such a thing in the States, but in the UK it would be frowned upon to share stories that might seem to poke fun at patients, even if it were done so anonymously, because as nurses we're not here to disrespect patients or laugh at them (however privately), but be respectful of their dignity as well as their privacy. You also might be surprised at how little information is required before people can recognise themselves or their relatives or, critically, THINK they can.
Also, nobody wants to think that nurses who are caring for them will be running to a forum to laugh about things that happened involving them, even if it is anonymously. Actually, it brings nursing into disrepute: the guy who mentioned the snake might not read or understand what you write, but someone else might who will then feel shocked at the idea that nurses might be sharing this kind of information on a public forum. They then might wonder what information may have been shared about them. It creates a trust issue then with nursing staff who care for them in the future.
Really, is it that funny that someone was hallucinating to the extent that they believed a snake was in the room? Aren't we, as nursing professionals, educated to be compassionate and understanding? I certainly don't find stories about hallucinations, dementia and the like to be amusing.
Patients are vulnerable and I think we have a duty of care to them not to exploit that vulnerability, whether that is done anonymously or not.
Jackie - posted on 11/17/2011
i am a cna at a veterans home i have my good days and i have my bad days. but everyday i am learning from the ones i take care of. some share their stories about life in a war and others have no clue where they are at. but i have to say the thing that gets me the most is the families. some act like they dont care they put them in this place and dont even come back to visit intill you call and let them know that their love one has made a turn for the worst. i love my job. i love taking care of people who needs help ones that cant feed themselves like we can everyday. i help with all their daily needs. hope this is what you are talking about.
Liz - posted on 11/17/2011
Well, technically, yes. I qualified in the UK as an RGN after a BSc in Adult Nursing (the UK distinguishes between paediatric nursing, mental health nursing, midwifery and adult nursing with separate degree courses and different registrations), but I haven't yet done the top-up training to convert to RN in the States. I also haven't worked since emigrating to the US in 2009.
That said, I'm not sure what experiences I could share that I would feel comfortable about divulging in a public arena, even if I were to make everything carefully anonymous. It's a question of privacy, respect for patients and professionalism.
Was there something in particular that you had in mind that wouldn't broach any of those things? If so, feel free to give an example.
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Tah - posted on 11/20/2011
there are nursing communities on here where people may be more willing to talk with honey, i know as nurses we also need to laugh and vent though others think we have to be straight faced and serious all the time. I don't think a story here or there without a name, diagnosis, medical record number etc is going to violate hippa. People int he healthcare field say things like i had a patient that did xyz today and i was in stitches or o was so upset etc etc and its not a breech. Just find the nursing communities and be very careful.
Jackie - posted on 11/17/2011
that is true the hippa law is here. but if you do not talk about their problems or say names then or you really giving info out. it is not like i am saying so so has this sickness or so so did this. we are stating that someone has done so and so. like i worked with this one person and he was so out of it one day that he swore that he saw a snake in his room after searching everywhere for this snake he said it again look it is right there at your feet yes it made me jump but there was no snake their. so how is that not going by the hippa law. it states that you are not suppose to give out info on anyone and i did not use a name so it could be anyone that i worked with. she is just asking for stories not names or places
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