Introduction to Nursing Essay

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Module Title Introduction to Nursing Module Code NURS07022 Cohort September 2012 Assignment Title Introduction to Nursing Workbook Assignment Date 17.12.12 Word Count 1614 SCHOOL OF HEALTH, NURSING & MIDWIFERY BSc Nursing Adult/Mental Health September 2012 Cohort Introduction to Nursing Workbook Module Code – NURS07022 Part 1 Learning outcome 1 With reference to the evidence-base, discuss the student nurse’s role in maintaining confidentiality. 500 words (30 marks) The importance of confidentiality is well documented. Recent negative press and media reports have again highlighted the importance of confidentiality. It is important that patients should feel confident that any conversations with nursing staff remain confidential. A recent article in The Telegraph highlighted the problems caused when a breach of confidentiality occurs. It discussed how medical staff, including nurses, were accessing patient records without proper clearance or authority?. There were over 800 incidents of these breaches reported over a 5 year period in England and Wales. [Rainey( 2011)] A similar problem was reported with regard to Facebook with medical staff posting patient details on social networks including names, conditions and treatments. The Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, was quoted as saying “a culture change is needed within the Health Service to ensure patient records are kept secure to prevent such practice re-occurring”. The rules set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council with regard to the importance of confidentiality are clear and must be followed by all students. The Standards of Conduct state that all nurses must uphold the patient’s privacy in all circumstances in order to protect their human rights. “Confidentiality is a fundamental part of professional practice”. Students are expected to avoid discussing patient information when

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