Is It Inappropriate For A Nurse To Write On Facebook About Circumcision?

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Oh hai, Internet. This post is not an invitation to rage forth in the epic battle about circumcision. I am merely posing a question to you: is it kinda inappropriate for a nurse to write about your kid’s procedures on Facebook? A pediatric nurse in Spokane, Washington, wrote this on her Facebook page, which was apparently set to “public,” and somebody screengrabbed this joke about performing her first circumcision on a baby boy. (The reason it came to my attention is because she is now being lambasted by anti-circumcision activists.)

I’m not an expert on medical privacy issues, but if I found out that I had a therapist, doctor, dentist or nurse who was writing about my private medical procedures on social media, I might question their professional discretion. She’s not a private citizen writing about another private citizen, as if she had written, for example, “Some jerk cut me in line at Dunkin’ Donuts.” We all do that. She’s a medical professional writing about a patient. Wouldn’t that kinda be like me talking shit on Twitter about a publicist or editor? There’s a level of professional decorum required, and especially, I should think, it is required in health care.

What do y’all think?  Would you be bothered if a medical professional wrote on social media about your bidness, even obliquely?

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