Freedom of Speech in Healthcare… Isn’t that Free After All.

In a world of technology, social media, and freedom of speech , you can never stop second guessing yourself and asking “is this something I could do? Or is this something I should do?

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My life is fairly routine. I wake up, stroll over to drop the kids off, do some hygiene work, kick on my Google news app, and ingest some kind of caffeinated beverage.

Every so often, I find news articles of healthcare-nursing related, social media injustices… some patient photo ending up on Facebook, or a nurse speaking his/her mind about the facility they work at, or even some nurse getting penalized for taking the liberty to educate others and recommend random interventions (keeping in mind that it’s not in the scope of nurses, unless you’re advanced practice, to “recommend” anything…because there’s a fine line between recommending something and prescribing something).

And every so often, being that I blog and post to other social media accounts, I always wonder if I am being safe? Is this appropriate? Am I going to lose my job? Should I even be talking about work? In addition, I think about my name too. Should I be utilizing my real name out there? Or should I be using an alias?

It’s really hard to decide sometimes. I personally prefer to use my real name on posts. In nursing school, they bombard our minds with the word “accountability.” Accountability in the sense that we should all be self-responsible for our own actions. With that in mind, if I use an alias, I’d end up being some fake Joe Blow who doesn’t stand for anything… some random jack who can’t stand behind all the bull crap they say.

It’s sad to think however, being employed at a medical facility, I feel as though I am shackled with restraints sometimes. Every time I make some kind of social media post, I feel that my employer will take me aside, go through legal matters, and kick my behind to the curb. In a way, when you work for a professional business, you lose that sense of freedom to say what you wish… because, after all, you do represent that business.

In the end, patients always come first. I get that fact you can’t violate HIPPA. That’s a big no, no. But, if I want to rant about God knows what – without infringing on the rights of others, I should be able to. But, that’s just my take on it.

Furthermore, I also think that this sense of caution when posting is good. It keeps us self-aware, a checks and balance sort of thing. It keeps us on our toes from doing something that is legally wrong and inappropriate.

I’d also like to add, common sense isn’t that common in this world. Sadly.




Author: nursesarereal

My nursing professor once said that keeping a journal, over time, will allow me to see growth. In myself? I’m not sure yet. I’m hoping. I like to believe that nursing school saved my life. Maybe I’ll have some fun doing this. Cheers.

One thought on “Freedom of Speech in Healthcare… Isn’t that Free After All.”

  1. I choose not to use my full name for my blog and social media because I’m not interested in sharing with people in my professional sphere. I hold myself accountable for adhering to nursing ethical standards, but my personal views are none of my employer’s business.

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