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“This is my 3-year-old leukemia patient who is bravely receiving chemotherapy. I watched the nurse administer his chemotherapy today and it made me so proud to be a nurse.” In the photo, Room 324 of the pediatric unit was easily visible. Three days later, the dean of the nursing program called Emily into her office. A nurse from the hospital was browsing Facebook and found the photo Emily posted of Tommy. She reported it to hospital officials who promptly called the nursing program. While Emily never intended to breach the patient’s confidentiality, it didn’t matter. Not only was the patient’s privacy compromised, but the hospital faced a HIPAA violation. People were able to identify Tommy as a “cancer patient,” and the hospital was identified as well. The nursing program had a policy about breaching patient confidentiality and HIPAA violations. Following a hearing with the student, school officials and the student’s professor, Emily was expelled from the program. The nursing program was barred from using the pediatric unit for their students, which was very problematic because clinical sites for acute pediatrics are difficult to find. The hospital contacted federal officials about the HIPAA violation and began to institute more strict policies about use of cell phones at the hospital. This scenario highlights several points. First of all, even if the student had deleted the photo, it is still available. Therefore, it would still be discoverable in a court of law. Anything that exists on a server is there forever and could be resurrected later, even after deletion. Further, someone can access Facebook, take a screen shot and post it on a public website. Secondly, this scenario elucidates confidentiality and privacy breaches, which not only violate HIPAA and the nurse practice act in that state, but also could put the student, hospital and nursing program at risk for a lawsuit. It is clear in this situation that the student continued >>> What Magnet ® means to us... ... Magnet means having the support to do what’s best for the patient, best for each other, and best for our careers! Nursing Careers at Arizona’s 1st and only Magnet Hospital System Non-profit Scottsdale Healthcare is a leader in medical innovation, talent and technology with three state-of-the art facilities and a genuine commitment to nursing. Our nursing opportunities give you the perfect way to work with the patient populations you love. You’ve chosen your field of expertise. Let us give you the autonomy and support to care for your patients. We currently have opportunities for: Nurse Practitioner Associates for Continuing Education Primary Care Conference & Pharmacology Update PHOENIX Wigwam Resort October 13-16, 2014 A jewel of the desert, the Wigwam is one of the Southwest’s landmark resort destinations. HOTEL AMENITIES: Registered Nurses U &#0a;1 U", U",  ‡Ê&#1d;iÛiÊÊ/À>Փ> Learn more at: • World-renowned Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa • Three 18-hole championship courses, including two courses designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Sr. • On-site world class golf school facilities, golf club rental and pro shop • Championship tennis facility, featuring nine illuminated tennis courts • Four swimming pools, including a 25’ dual waterslide and luxury cabanas • Award-winning restaurants with “farm-to-table” cuisine /iÝÌÊ, &#1b;œLÃÊ̜Ê{{ÇÎÈÎÊQˆÀi&#1f;iR for exclusive employment messages Nurse Practitioner Associates for Continuing Education (NPACE) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. NPACE is a 501(c)3 non-profi t. 24 CONTACT HOURS AVAILABLE Learn more and register online EOE/AA/M/F/D/V arizona STATE BOARD OF NURSING REGULATORY JOURNAL 11

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