Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Nurse Snooped Patient's Record then Shared on Social Media

A nurse not only snooped on a patient's medical record but then discussed it on social media.

This UK registered nurse accessed the records of a patient that was not under her care several times between February and April 2013. She has been dismissed and her license has been suspended for 18 months.

"[She] used her privileged position to breach Trust confidentiality policies when she accessed and attempted to access Patient A’s medical records." - The NHS Foundation Trust
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Sources:
(a) Newcastle nurse sacked after snooping on medical records and discussing them on social media - www.ChronicleLive.co.uk, 002/04/2015

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