Nursing Informatics: Healthcare Privacy Breach

Health Privacy Breach

Purpose

The purpose of this discussion is for you to investigate healthcare privacy breaches and the associated risks and the ethical and legal issues confronted as a DNP-prepared nurse. Privacy breaches are serious offenses that negatively affect the trust between nurses and patients. To maintain this trust, nurses must maintain the privacy and security of patient information.

Purpose

The purpose of this discussion is for you to investigate healthcare privacy breaches and the associated risks and the ethical and legal issues confronted as a DNP-prepared nurse. Privacy breaches are serious offenses that negatively affect the trust between nurses and patients. To maintain this trust, nurses must maintain the privacy and security of patient information.

Instructions

Reflect on the following scenarios related to the protection of health information. Select two of the scenarios to discuss.

  • Scenario 1: A staff nurse posted the following comment on her social media page: “Can this shift be any longer? It started out with a waiting room full of nagging people who don’t seem to know what ‘emergency’ means. Then, I had to deal with the drama of trying to transfer a 400 lbs. (no joke) intubated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patient down the hall to the intensive care unit. Those intensive care unit nurses are such divas, and I wasn’t in the mood for their whining. Someone help!”
    • Analyze the privacy and security issues related to this social media posting.
  • Scenario 2: A nurse practitioner is preparing a presentation poster for an infectious disease conference. She includes pictures of varying stages of a client’s lesions in the poster.
    • Analyze the privacy and security issues related to the inclusion of patient information on the poster.
  • Scenario 3:A clinical instructor is working with nursing students on a medical unit for the day. While rounding to check on students, the instructor discovers a patient’s daughter wants to take a picture of the nursing student and the patient together to post on social media.
    • Analyze the privacy and security issues and explain the best response for the clinical instructor.

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