Nurse Download of Patient Data protected by Whistleblower Law.

August 24, 2009

Texas nurse downloaded entire computer hard drive (over 3,000 pages of patient files) after being fired because she told supervisors she was going to file written report about patient care violations.  The Texas court of Appeals upheld her conduct under whistleblower laws, over objections based on medical confidentiality. Whistleblower laws not only permit but require nurses to report abuse, neglect and other illegal and wrongful acts.

Westlake Surgical vs. Turner, 2009 WL 2410276 (Tex. App., August 7, 2009).

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