Health Care Professionals: Speak your mind, but …

This is Pat Rich’s commentary on health professionals blogging. My blog, 2 Hospital Days, was well-received while a Saskatchewan nurse was disciplined by her college for blogging about her grandfather’s care. Look at the 2 blogs and consider the questions asked by this blogger.
For those on twitter, you can also go back through the #hcsmca chat from January 27 and see what others thought.

Colleen Young

By Pat Rich (@pat_health)

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A Saskatchewan nurse puts a post on her Facebook page detailing some concerns (and praise) about the care received by her grandfather while in a specific palliative care unit – Facebook post leaves Prince Albert, Sask. nurse charged with professional misconduct. She now faces disciplinary charges from the provincial registered nurses association for “violation of confidentiality, failure to follow proper channels, impact on reputation of facility and staff, failure to first obtain all the facts, and using status of registered nurse of personal purposes under the Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses.

An Ottawa physician posts a blog – 2 Hospital Days – about her husband’s stay in a local hospital documenting the deteriorating conditions he experienced. She names the hospital and talks about how, with the health care system in general “staffing has been systematically decreased, equipment has not…

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