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9 Shocking Nursing News Stories

9 Shocking Nursing News Stories

Remember any other shocking nursing news?

Hamsa Ramesha | NursingLink

3. Nurses Fired for Facebook Postings

Oh social media, how we love and hate you. Patient privacy and online networks like Facebook and Twitter have clashed often, most recently with the firing of five nurses in Oceanside, CA. They were accused of discussing patient cases on Facebook, although no photos, names, or other identity-compromising information was posted.

Read the news story here.

4. Nurses Fired Over Cell Phone Photos of Patient

It’s not just Facebook that gets nurses in trouble; cell phones are another weapon of choice when it comes to patient privacy. In February 2009, two Wisconsin nurses were fired from posting pictures of a patient on Facebook taken on a cell phone.

An anonymous call from a Mercy Walworth Medical Center employee tipped police off about the online pictures. Investigators discovered that the photos were taken when the patient was admitted to the ER due to a sex device in his rectum. However, the police haven’t found anyone who actually saw the pictures on Facebook, but said a discussion post of the situation was on one of the nurse’s profile.

Read the news story here.

5. Dozens Arrested in Medicare Fraud Busts Across U.S.

In July of 2009, over 30 suspects were arrested in a major Medicare fraud bust across the nation, including doctors and nurses. Arrests made in New York, Louisiana, Miami, Boston, and Houston, tracking scams from a health care clinic that sold “arthritis kits” to clinics and patients for $3,000 to $4,000. The false kits, consisting of braces, heating pads and other expensive orthotics, were sometimes never delivered, and completely irrelevant to medical treatment.

In Houston, police authorities broke a huge Medicare scam involving Ensure, food supplement for patients on a liquid diet. The clinic in question never gave patients the Ensure that they billed Medicare thousands of dollars for, and sometimes billed Medicare for patients who had already died.

Approximately $371 million in false Medicare claims has been recovered, and approximately 145 people were charged of health care fraud and face prison sentences of 50 percent more than the average sentence for cases of health care fraud.

Read the news story here.

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    mkr

    almost 4 years ago

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    Dr Pou should get a medal for what she did. Elderly extremely critically ill patients with no power no lights in flooded rooms literally dying no possible way to move them or care for them. These patients were going to die and there was nothing that could be done by this Dr except to lessen their suffering. You think that was the wrong decision? You make me want to PUKE.

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    Nurse_26

    almost 4 years ago

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    Story #8, about the nurse whistle-blower - now that's good reporting on your part. I had heard a little about this and wanted to get the entire story. Thanks for that one!

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    Nurse_26

    almost 4 years ago

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    And the CNA who killed her babies right after birthing them? I'm not sure what this has to do with being a CNA...these were HER babies and it's HER crime. Being a CNA had little, if anything, to do with this story. I'm sure there are really nurses and CNAs out there doing heinous things while carrying out their jobs, let's see some of those stories if we must. OK?

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    Nurse_26

    almost 4 years ago

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    I don't know what sensationalistic kick you get out of this headline, but the stories are anything but shocking! What nurse hasn't had to go take an unplanned break in the midst of their shift, replacement available or not? If you have to trek to a available restroom or snack machine or smoking area, that eats up time. Because a fire just happened to break out at the moments this nurse was absent doesn't make her some sort of nurse-monster! For heaven's sake, aren't there better things to rave about????

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    almost 4 years ago

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    Inara

    almost 4 years ago

    64 comments

    scandalous! but informative.

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