Is a third-year nursing student bound by the new privacy laws? I recently had a severe lung infection and was put on predisone. Due to the predisone, I had a GI bleed which was complicated by a bleeding disorder I have. After a few days in the hospital things were fine. The problem: when I returned to work everybody was gossiping about me having lung cancer because the shift manager, who is a third-year nursing student-about to start her last year, had said all it could be was lung cancer. This girl had no idea of my current or past history, but spoke as though she did. She diagnosed me without knowing anything, causing all kinds of rumors in a small community. As a manager, it was unprofessional, but as a nurse, I feel it is unexcuseable. What, if anything, can or should I do about it? I have within the past few years lost my dad and my aunt to lung cancer, so I may be just over-reacting, but I am very upset by this. All comments would be appreciated. My company basically said get over it.