Should Nurses Always Respect Clients’ Confidentiality? Introduction There is just one place where absolute confidentiality is assured and that is a Catholic Church confessional. When a person enters hospital, they allow nurses access to their health information but they also maintain some control over that information. Confidential information can be defined as information which is private and voluntarily provided to a health care professional in confidence and trust (Beauchamp & Childress, 2001). However, a key point is that the nurse never functions alone and many patients as well as nurses do not realize the fact. More importantly, it is the nature of the information which causes confidentiality to be an issue because the...The end:
.....ention the numerous breaches observed on elevators at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. This is the type of situation where nurses must respect patient confidentiality. Nurses need to realize the harm that can result. References Beauchamp, T. & Childress, J. (2001). Principles of biomedical ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Beech, M. (2007). Confidentiality in health care. Nursing Standard, 21(21), 42-47. Erlen , J. (2008). How confidential is confidential? Orthopedic Nursing, 27(6), 357-361. Vigod , S. (2003). Healthcare professionals warned over patient confidentiality. British Journal of Nursing, 12(20), 1175. Zinn , C. (2003). Patient confidentiality challenged over HIV test results. British Medical Journal, 326(7399), 1107.