Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Nurse Snooped in Patients' Records

A nurse was found to have snooped in the medical records of 20 patients on 66 different dates over a period of 13 months, according to the New Zealand Health Practitioners' Disciplinary Tribunal. She not only lost her job but was ordered to pay $26,400 toward the costs of the 4 day hearing.

The Tribunal said the breaches were misconduct and could not be defended by cultural differences; they rejected the defense that "everyone else was doing it."

"many of her forays into medical files were "a matter of curiosity", which could not be excused by claims of concern, professional interest, follow up or training."
- Health Practitioners' Disciplinary Tribunal
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Sources:
(a) Snooping MidCentral Health nurse censured - www.Stuff.co.nz, 09/09/2015

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