What principles of patient confidentiality might be an issue? Consider legal and ethical.

Discussion Question

A nurse colleague uses his personal cell phone to take a photo of a patient’s wound and then sends a message with the photo to the primary care provider via a text. Please consider the following in your discussion post:

What principles of patient confidentiality might be an issue? Consider legal and ethical.

How might this nurse use a communication device to support safe patient practices?

What would your organization’s policy on ‘personal communication device use in a patient care setting’ reveal related to this case? (If your organization does not have a written policy, or you are not currently working in an organization, what do you think should be included in such a policy and why?)

References

Hebda, T., Hunter, K., & Czar, P. (2019). Handbook of informatics for nurses & healthcare professionals (6th ed.). Pearson.

National Council of State Boards of Nursing. (2011). White paper: A nurse’s guide to the use of social media. https://www.ncsbn.org/Social_Media.pdf

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. (n.d.). Health Information Privacy. https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/index.html