Current Issue in Health Care: Patient Abuse and Accountability Introduction Accountability in nursing can be a highly complex ethical and legal issue. In a case that is still before the London court, a nurse with 20 years experience could lose her career for exposing the most serious patient abuse. The nurse, Margaret Haywood, felt that the most effective strategy to expose the abuse would be through a documentary. However, she breached ethics by failing to respect confidentiality. In my opinion, the focus on ethical violations is intentional to remove emphasis from the blatant abuse. The purpose of this paper is to learn how accountability should be handled and if the CNO (2009) Standards of practice would guide this case. Accountability...The end:
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