A nurse who accessed health records about a patient's
pregnancy termination and texted another person about it has
been suspended for three months.
Rayleene Jeannette Park, a non-practising enrolled nurse
formerly of Dunedin, appeared before the Health Practitioners
Disciplinary Tribunal on six separate privacy breach charges
brought by the Nursing Council.
The breaches occurred when Ms Park was employed at a booking
administrator for Southern District Health Board between
January 26, 2011 and March 8, 2011.
The tribunal decision said that on January 27, 2011, she
typed in the wrong date while accessing a day surgery list,
and accidently brought up the next day's termination of
When she saw a particular patient on the list, she texted a
third person about it.
That person then replied that she had breached the patient's
privacy, and would tell Ms Park's boss.
On March 15 Ms Park admitted what she had done to a charge
nurse manager, but said she had only accessed the information
once and it was accidental.
However an IT search found she had accessed the file six
times in total, including viewing a patient discharge
summary, lab results and outpatient history.
The tribunal said while Ms Park was not a practicing nurse at
the time, she was still an enrolled nurse and the same
The offending was serious, with aggravating factors including
the number of breaches and the length of time between the
initial breach and informing her supervisor.
Ms Park was censured, suspended from practice as a nurse for
three months from the date of the decision, and ordered to
complete a Nursing Council-approved programme on privacy and
confidentiality if she returned to nursing.