Privacy and confidentiality

27. What is the ethical or legal issue that may affect a nurse. Is this issue common one in nursing.

Nurses face a number of ethical dilemmas in securing the privacy and confidentiality of patients. Legal implications and severe consequences for healthcare providers can result from the improper execution of these. In the United States, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPA) provides high standards and guidelines to protect medical records of patients. Nurses are legally bound to protect the rights of their patients and represent them however, they must respect the patients’ right to make their own decisions regarding their own health care (Kvamme and Voldner 2022) All healthcare professionals must respect the basic principle of autonomy for patients that is, the patient’s right to decide on their treatment in accordance with their own beliefs or the values of his or her cultural. Patients can choose to defer or not attend treatment or procedures when they want to assert their autonomy. Doctors and nurses may not agree with this choice, but they are required to follow the rules in practice. Cont…

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