(February 28, 2015) Nurse-patient relationship must not be clouded by anything against them. In this case, a woman who underwent a surgery was sent pictures and text messages of what she appeared throughout the operation.
The patient, Darcy White, was in for a reconstructive surgery. White said she does not remember anything from the operation, until Monday. Last Monday morning, she knew what was happening during the surgery, as the nurse sent a picture and text messages to her. White stated that she woke up on Monday, reading through text messages and call logs.
She found several text messages and an image that was sent by the nurse who makes comment about her appearance and the size of her clothes. The event continued and White elaborated the nurse called once more, but she has already brought the matter to the hospital. This statement was by one of White’s friends, Randall Anthony. It is unlawful to divulge or expose any personal information about a patient, which is why the step taken by the nurse is illegal.
An interview was set up for the nurse who is being put in hot waters, but he said he was not available for any interview as he is out of town. However, he admitted on the phone that he obtained the phone number of Darcy White from her files. The nurse admitted that he might have taken it the extra mile when he called the patient even after the said operation.
White said they called the nurse back, and she was handed the phone. They called the nurse, but the nurse said that he is only doing his job of following up with the patient. White said that the nurse called and texted her about ten times. Another thing about it is that the nurse is not affiliated with the hospital where the operation has taken place. The hospital, Mercy Hospital, has responded in light of the recent event that took place in its premise.
According to the statement, the privacy and safety of each of the patients are the utmost priorities in the hospital. The management is well aware of the allegations, and they too is doing an investigation for the said matter. Because the nurse is not an actual staff of the hospital, it is prohibited for them to make any comments regarding the staff matter. The bottom line is that the rapport between the patient and the healthcare provider is essential.