Archive for August, 2011


August 26, 2011

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The News

August 21, 2011

Thanks for the article from Isaiah Gaines

I absolutely love watching the local news but sometimes it makes me feel like I’m kind of in a bubble. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot going on in town and it’s nice to know which high school team won the game and where they’re opening a new grocery store but when I got satellite last month I started watching a lot more national stuff. Now I can’t stop! Did you have any idea how many big time, all day news channels there are out there? I’m not really partial to any particular one but I would say I like CNN more than I do Fox News. MNSBC is also good but honestly, I don’t really care what it is – if it’s news, I’m interested. I don’t even really have any money in the stock market but even if it’s a show about picking stocks I’m going to watch it! I think for some reason it makes me feel better about watching so much TV when I feel like I’m actually learning something.

Patient Education Essential to Recovery

August 17, 2011

The nurse’s role in patient education cannot be more important. From the time a patient is admitted until the time they are discharged, the nurse caring for each patient need to be teaching 24/7. Having a patient educator is a waste of money in my opinion. This is one of the roles of the nurse. He/she should be constantly teaching their patient. The nurses are the ones taking care of the patient and know exactly what each patient needs. When a situation or opportunity arises, nurses need to take full advantage of it. Computer documentation can help track what has been taught. We all know that the patients need to hear this information multiple times in order to fully comprehend it. Patients are discharged quickly from the hospitals these days. Nurses need to take patient education to the next level by evaluating their teaching. Just telling or showing a patient something isn’t enough. Have the patient return demonstrate or verbalize what they now understand. Patient education is an integral part of nursing care and one of the most important things we do for our patients.

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The Impact of HIPAA on Patients and Nursing Staff

August 9, 2011

When HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) was passed in 1996 it was an important step in providing a patient with new rights to privacy, greater access to and control of their medical records. This was made necessary due to the increasing practice of electronically sharing data by fax and computer. Had this not passed we would probably be checking our medical records on “Youtube”.


However, as with all good things, there is usually a downside. There was great confusion understanding just to whom, when and how patient information could be shared. This interfered with doctors obtaining necessary information from other medical professionals when a timely response was critical to patient safety.


The stiff penalties associated with non-compliance also generated some fear in the medical institutions. Civil penalties of $25,000, in addition to fines of up to $250,000, and 10 years in jail was pretty frightening.


Much of this confusion and fear has diminished in the last few years as far as the medical profession is concerned.  However, patients are another matter.  As I discovered from a quick survey of family and friends, it appears that nobody actually reads the forms that they receive and sign. Most have a vague idea that it involves privacy, but have no idea of the implications.


Until a situation arises, most family members do not realize that they cannot access their adult children and sibling’s medical information without written consent of the patient. Even fewer realize that there is an expiration date to the consent form.


This misunderstanding results in many heated telephone conversations, particularly with parents of adult children.  These parents want to set up appointments and get test results and do not realize that they are not entitled to this information. This can be a great distraction and time waster for the nursing staff.


How can we do a better job at educating patients and family with respect to HIPAA?


Perhaps some of the problem with HIPPA can be summed up in a joke that appeared on in 2004.


Knock, Knock.

Who’s there?


HIPAA who?

Sorry, I am not allowed to disclose that information.




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