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This law limits the nurses and medical professionals in sharing the individual’s health information. Information can only be disclosed in the event that legal law has been authorized. A patient’s health information should only be used for treatment, obtaining payment for care and for the improvement of personal care (Davis, 1994).
Therefore a nurse is only supposed to disclose the patient’s information to persons that the patient has authorized and is comfortable with sharing the information. Where a nurse fails to protect the patients’ health information there can result to erosion between their relationships, thus the patient and nurse relationship and can result to implicating consequences.
More so, a nurse should only know the information that is of use to the patient’s treatment. It is also the nurse’s duty to protect the wellbeing of those entrusted in their care, therefore health information should not be shared and result to affecting the patient both emotionally and physically (James, 2008). The fact that the woman in this scenario was the man’s spouse; it did not give him special access to the woman’s health information. He would only have accessed the information if the woman would have given authority for health information to be shared with her husband. Therefore the nurse was supposed to have restricted herself from giving any information.
The nurse is supposed to inform the chief practitioner responsible for the patient’s treatment that the patient’s information about the past pregnancies have been shared to her husband. This is to ensure that further information about the patient is not shared with any other person. After the patient is in a position to be told, she should be told that information about her past has been shared with her husband (James, 2008). This is a way of preparing the patient psychologically of any outcome that will result. The nurse should be taught on how important a client’s
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