We Can, but Dare We?
Vu H. Chau
Chamberlain College of Nursing, Jacksonville, FL
We Can, but Dare We?
Die-hard fandom. Commonly associated with devoted and often crazed idolization of celebrities and public figures. We are all guilty, in one way or the other, of admiring someone of certain talents and/or skill set. There is nothing wrong with that. With today’s technological advances in cellular devices, a forever memory is only one click away. The question at hand is whether acts of excitement related to admiration are legally, ethically, or morally acceptable in the field of medicine. Medical personnel are bind by Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), medical ethics, and legal obligations that may jeopardize…show more content… 165). The HIPAA regulations are set as a protection of Personal Health Information (PHI) and all of its areas of concern, i.e. – name, condition, symptoms, etc… Legally, the nurse is not subjected to any clearly defined healthcare related laws, at the federal level, liable under the Privacy Acts of 1974 which protects any personal identification records or information relating to the patient’s privacy. The nurse takes photographs of the patient’s demographic information from his electronic health record which violates the regulations set forth by the Privacy Acts of 1974 (Privacy Act of 1974, n.d.). In many aspects of this scenario, a major concern lies on the nurse’s ethical, unethical, practice. The American Nurses Association (ANA) delineates in Provision Three of the Code of Ethics for Nurses “The nurse promotes, advocates for, and protects the rights, health, and safety of the patient.” (ANA, 2015). The nurse is in many violations enough to end their career in this situation. The privacy of the patient is a right not a privilege. With the increase usage of social media, this invasion of privacy on the patient could potentially be leaked and could lead to jeopardizing the patient’s safety while in the hospital.
Scenario Ending & Recommendations
The possible ending scenario used for the purpose of this paper is scenario four provided and