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Confidentiality in Nursing Practice

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The Importance of Confidentiality in Nursing Practice

This essay will discuss why confidentiality is important within nursing practice and the reasons why a registered nurse and student nurse are accountable and to whom they are accountable to in relation to patient care. It will further discuss patient’s rights in relation to law.

Definition of Confidentiality, Bailliere’s Dictionary (2005)

“Spoken, written or given in confidence”

With this in mind the Nursing & Midwifery Council states:

“As a registered Nurse, Midwife or Health
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Consent can be quite tricky, a legal minefield for healthcare teams, this is due to the patients who will give or refuse to give private information about themselves who is legally competent but
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