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Why Is Privacy Important In Nursing? [Solved]

In a fast-paced world, where patients are often contacted quickly and information can be highly sensitive, nurses face particular challenges in protecting the privacy of their patients. Patients have an obligation to us. That duty includes maintaining privacy (protecting them from undue intrusion), and confidentiality (by the discreet management of information about themselves that they share with us) 😉 Legislation on confidentiality comes from different sources and should be interpreted in the clinical setting 😁 This article summarises the principal requirements set out in the legislation and directs readers to questions and tools designed to help them explore the extent to which patient confidentiality is respected where they work. [1]
We have always recognized the necessity for confidentiality as nurses through the Nightingale Pledge (and all subsequent nursing codes) and we did this long before there was any national legislation. American Nurses Association (ANA), Ethics Committees has published The Code for Nurses. This code “is the standard that guides and evaluates the professional’s ethical behavior” (ANA, 1994, p. The current Code of Nursing contains provision 3. Ethics for Nurses “The nurse promotes, advocates and fights for the patient’s health, safety and rights” (ANA, 2001). Interpretive statements 3.1 & 3.2 contain explicit language about privacy and confidentiality. (ANA, 2001). nurses to guide clinical Practice and setting organizational policy. This was modified by Dustee Parado, Jan 8, 2020. [2]
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Nursinganswers.net goes on to describe that nurses have the opportunity to defend and protect patient rights, to promote compassionate care, and to enhance the dignity and the autonomy of their patients or clients (Keatings, & Smith, 2010). As nurses we are often required to choose from among a number of good or “least wrong” alternatives and to also assess and defend the had choices made or actions taken (Keatings, & Smith, 2010). Ethical issues are a constant concern for nurses in healthcare. How can they decide what to do? You need to be aware that ethical issues require skills. critical thinking, value clarification, ethical decision making, self-awareness, and empowerment (Burkhardt, & Nathaniel, 1998). According to the ANA Code of Ethics (2001) and the CNA Code of Ethics (1997) states that nurses are to maintain the confidentiality of patient information (Burkhardt, & Nathaniel, 1998). Confidentiality is the ethical principle that requires nondisclosure of private or secret information with which one is entrusted with (Burkhardt, & Nathaniel, 1998). Privacy is on the contrary, the individual’s rights to privacy. (). It is up to the patient to make decisions about who, what, and where they want to share their information. Nurses must maintain confidentiality when releasing private information to patients or themselves. (). This means that the relationship of trust is usually responsible for information disclosure. ()This information is shared with nurses and doctors. We are grateful to Calliope Rosi for pointing out this. [3]
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Confidentiality and privacy are very important. important in the contemporary healthcare especially with regard to child and family counseling. It is important to study the implications of privacy and confidentiality being introduced in today’s world. health care environment. The problem is, in essence, privacy and confidentiality refers not only to ethical but also legal issues since healthcare professionals are obliged to maintain the confidentiality and protect Privacy of patient information is protected from breaches. Healthcare professionals might have to choose between privacy and confidentiality for children’s counseling or treatment, and protecting their patients’ private information. natural desire of parents to get all information about the treatment and the state Their children. This was highlighted by Rowena Muson (Rabat, Morocco) [4]
Imagine that your trusted person was actually a doctor, and the information that they gave you was your diagnosis. You’d be angry, hurt, and confused. Most likely, you would switch to another doctor or not get medical care. Or you might only tell your doctor some of what’s going on with you. This could put at risk your health and safety. This is why patient confidentiality in healthcare is so important—it builds trust, helps you get the best care possible, preserves the doctor’s reputation, and it is also a requirement under the law. Your healthcare information is protected from being shared by anyone without your authorization. For their insight, credit goes to Melvyn Dohue [5]

Article references

  1. https://journals.rcni.com/nursing-standard/respecting-patient-confidentiality-ns.29.22.50.e9579
  2. https://ojin.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Volume102005/No2May05/tpc27_116017.html
  3. https://nursinganswers.net/essays/thinking-critically-about-patient-privacy-and-confidentiality-nursing-essay.php
  4. https://nursinganswers.net/essays/the-importance-of-privacy-and-confidentiality-health-essay.php
  5. https://www.chartercollege.edu/news-hub/why-patient-confidentiality-so-important
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