- Jan 19, 2013
Not to barge in, but isn't that LITERALLY AGAINST THE LAW AND VIOLATES PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY?Well. My father told me she has been bragging about that one of her friends has a daughter who works as a nurse and that the nurse tells her stuff.
And what makes me absolutely fckin _disgusted_ is the thought of a random nurse, 160 kilometers away, digging up my private health information from the national database to give them all to my mother.
Even if it's just bragging, knowing she's thinking about that as a valid possibility feels like a violation to my personal space.
In the US we have HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) that ensures that no self-respecting anyone who loves their job and works in the health care field goes around blabbing about sensitive health info such as who's pregnant, who caught what STD, etc. This isn't to mean there aren't bad actors who blab anyway, but they, y'know, lose their job and/or get fined for the offense precisely because the information is being spread without the patient's consent and has potential to do harm.
Here's about what happens to nurses who pull that nonsense (complete with fines and jail times), here's a saying the same thing, and that says in no uncertain terms "Information regarding pregnancy and reproductive health cannot be disclosed, even to a parent or guardian of a minor patient, without the specific authorization of the patient". Yes, it mentions minor patient, but it stands to reason that if even a minor patient needs to authorize that disclosure, an adult patient should get the same if not more protections.
Figure out if your country has something like that, and slam that b#tchass nurse with as many consequences as the law provides. Doesn't matter who it is. They can't just treat someone's health as a source of gossip and keep being paid for it. The potential for them to tell the wrong information to the wrong person is too high and that needs to be curbed immediately. There should be plenty more people available to fill that job vacancy and not massively f#ck it up.