Nurse Made Fun of Patient's Mental Health History, She Claims
SAN JOSE, Calif. (CN) – A woman claims a Kaiser nurse talked out loud about her medical history, including her history of mental illness, in a lawsuit in Santa Clara County Superior Court.
The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, sued Kaiser Foundation Hospitals.
Doe says she was recovering from kidney stone surgery when she heard one of her nurses, who thought she was still under anesthesia, talking about her confidential medical history.
“This nurse’s statements were overheard not just by other employees but also members of the public who were visiting other patients. ‘Nurse Rita’ stated the following: ‘See this one here, she had a tantrum worse than the 15-month old I took care of this morning. She has a mental illness. They say she gets that from her mother’s side of the family,” the complaint states. Doe was shocked and angry when she heard what the nurse was saying and told her she had no right to say such things. Though the nurse insisted she was talking about another patient, Doe says this was patently untrue because the nurse had been pointing at her.
She asked to speak to a supervisor, but the nurses denied her request, according to the complaint.
Doe says she was so traumatized by the experience that she is afraid to have any more surgeries at Kaiser hospitals, and has suffered panic attacks and depression as a result of the incident for which she sees a psychiatrist.
She seeks general, special, punitive, and exemplary damages for violations of the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act, right to privacy, and the business and professions code.
She is represented by Irene Karbelashvili.