So I’ve been following this story for awhile, but I have to tell you that headline is the most amazing random combination of words I’ve ever seen. Can’t stop looking at it. It’s like a mad-lib.
I haven’t written about it yet because, to be honest, I have a hard time forming an opinion. I mean, sure, on one hand, it doesn’t violate HIPAA or school policies, she got permission to take the photo, and she’s just standing there looking happy with the placenta – she’s not like, juggling it. So I can see how the school was overacting and just being generally ridiculous.
On the other hand, there are lots of things that might not be against any particular rules per se, but still may not be the smartest idea in the world. And honestly, that’s what I suspect “posting a placenta picture from clinicals onto facebook” falls under. (Which is probably why the school’s defense was to just throw around the word “professionalism” a lot.)
But then I saw that my mother – a former NICU nurse, now a professor at a nursing school – posted the same link on facebook and added “YAY!!!”
Now, our class at Metropolis has gotten a lot of memorable lectures about facebook and the terrible things that can happen if you post so much as a picture of an unused OR. We’re pretty well familiar with the idea that you don’t take pictures in a hospital unless you’ve decided to change careers – so I guess I expected my mom’s reaction to be similar. And “YAY!!!” didn’t match up.
Me: So, that placenta status- was that sarcasm?
Mom: No, not at all. The school’s whole case was just so stupid.
Me: Yeah, it was silly – but with all the media attention and legal trouble, wouldn’t it be a different story if she was one of your students?
Mom: Not at all. I’d stand behind her 100%. Heck, I’d even stand behind her in the picture.
Mom: What do you mean, why? Because placentas are cool.
There you have it.