RealityRN, a site popular with nursing students and new nurses, has a couple of interesting posts lately:
Here’s an anonymous post from a new nurse graduate looking for advice about how to handle sexual harassment by a doctor. How would you advise her?
And this post is a cautionary tale for all clinicians who’ve ever been tempted by curiosity about a patient: it describes just how easy it is for hospital information systems to detect when someone has violated HIPAA (short for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) privacy laws by accessing a patient’s record when they shouldn’t. While we all know how much confusion and resentment the more arbitrary and punitive aspects of HIPAA caused after its implementation in 2003, this month’s AJN describes clinicians’ growing acceptance of the law’s benefits, an acceptance resulting from growing familiarity with the law and from continued efforts to smooth out some of the law’s rougher edges.
Is HIPAA getting easier for you?