The Hippocratic Oath For Nurses Naming It The Nightingale Pledge
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In America, in 1893, Mrs. Lystra E. Gretter composed an adaption of the Hippocratic Oath for nurses naming it the Nightingale Pledge. Part of this pledge reads:
I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. (Florence Nightingale Pledge, 2012)
Although the times have changed, the important of maintaining patient confidentiality and privacy has not, especially on social media. With social media use becoming increasingly prevalent in daily life, it is important to ensure the safety and privacy of patients. Patient privacy is protected by law, and by the standards set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia; and health care providers, including nurses and student nurses, are required to ensure the health information of a patient is kept private and confidential at all times (Daly, Speedy & Jackson, 2014). Social media does have a place in nursing, with many institutions using it to better communication between nurses, however its use should be carefully monitored and users should be educated appropriately (Spector & Kappel, 2012).
Although the increasing prevalence of social media use has many benefits to nurses in both workplaces and home, it has given rise to some issues regarding patient privacy and confidentiality (Johnstone, 2016). Presented in this essay is a scenario where a