A nurse at a Michigan urgent care center recently berated parents in
front of other patients for not vaccinating their baby, arguably
violating a federal law that guarantees patients’ right to privacy. Her
unprofessional behavior committed a great disservice to nurses
everywhere, her employer, and especially the parents who visited the
Detroit Medical Center Surgery Hospital in Madison Heights with their
According to the parents, who were seeking medical attention for
their eight month-old baby, “Oliver,” the nurse who was stationed at the
admitting desk diagnosed their son with chicken pox and announced
fabricated details about their son’s medical condition to the other
patients who were awaiting care.
While Oliver’s parents were waiting for their turn to visit with a
doctor, the nurse pointed at their baby and announced to other patients
in the waiting room, “This child is unvaccinated!” She then directed
the other patients to move to an adjacent waiting room.
Her negligence reached a dangerous level when she urged the parents to vaccinate their son, who was ill at the time.