Confidentiality in Nursing

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Confidentiality in Nursing


This essay will give a brief definition regarding the principles of nursing practice, state why there are important to nursing practice. It will then explore confidentiality as a principle E of nursing practice, report why confidentiality is extremely important within nursing practice and will discuss the patient’s rights in relation to law. Relevant reference of published literature will be put forward in this essay to support the author statement.

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RCN (2010) states that the Principles of nursing practice “describe what everyone can expect from nursing practice, whether they are colleagues, patients, the families or carers of patients”. There are eight Principles of nursing practice such as;

Principle A: “focuses on dignity, equality, diversity and humanity”

Principle B: “focuses on ethical integrity, legal integrity, accountability and responsibility”.

Principle C: “focuses on the safety of all people (patients, visitors and staff), the environment, organisational health and safety, management of risk, and clinical safety”.

Principle D: “encompasses themes of advocacy, empowerment, patient-centred care, and patient involvement in their care”.

Principle E: “focuses on communication, handling feedback, record keeping, reporting and monitoring”.

Principle F: “focuses on evidence-based practice, technical skills, education, training and clinical reasoning”.

Principle G: “encompasses themes of care and treatment, multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working, and co-ordination, integration and continuity of care”.

Principle H: “encompasses themes of leadership contributing to an open and responsive culture”.

Confidentiality is define as keeping patient’s information private but this can be disclosure when appropriate Oxford dictionary for nurses (2008). NMC (2008) define

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