Nurse's Aide in Oregon convicted of Facebooking photos of patients and their bedpans

A nurse's aide in Oregon has been convicted of taking photos of hospital patients, and their bedpans, and posting them to Facebook. Her sentence includes an order from the judge to write a thousand-word "insightful" apology to a patient.


  1. This is terrible. I used to work as a nurse, and had to fire two NAC’s for sending each other pictures of patients back and forth. No internet posting that I could find, but the fact that they were taking pictures of patients, sometimes in compromising situations, was enough to get fired. The NAC’s were belligerent that they were not doing anything wrong. 

    This has been an issue for years now, and I can’t imagine why anyone would think this is okay. 

    (ETA: We did notify state, so they’d have to defend their NAC to keep it, in case anyone was wondering.)

  2. Wait a minute. It said “patients with their bedpans” not patients “sitting” on their bedpans, or “using” bedpans. Not that I’d hold my bedpan up to my face and crack a smile either, but lets use some legal technology and do a study on this.
    And did they consent to having their pictures taken with their bedpans?  We MUST know.

    Damn, I love law school…

  3. And another thing (Yeah, can’t walk away) requiring a nurse’s aide to write 1000 words is the same as a 6 month sentence. And that’s with spell-check.

    Okay. I’ve pissed off the nurses aide’s who read boing-boing. Alllllll of them. 

    1. Your presumptive fatuousness regarding the intellection or supposed lack thereof in the often unlauded infantry of healthcare is sorely dismaying, to say the least. If through some strange fluke you should ever be entrusted to my care I will treat you with all the dignity, respect, and succor I attempt to accord all my patients, even though you may not be deserving of it. 

    2. The nurses aren’t any better.  I worked in one of the top hospitals in the country and I ended up writing the essay portion of most of my coworkers’ self-evaluations.  Most Americans don’t graduate college with even rudimentary critical writing skills.

  4. When my mother was hospitalized in 2010, she couldn’t get on Facebook via her iPad, it turns out the hospital had firewalled Facebook, because it created “distractions and issues” amongst the staff.

    But then, how does the hospital deal with 3G and 4G?

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