Administrative ethics and confidentiality privacy issues

Laurie Badzek, Kathleen Mitchell, Sandra E. Marra, Marjorie M. Bower

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Abstract

This article presents a case study highlighting the conflict between an individual's right to privacy and the rights of patients and staff to know when a professional standard has been breached. The process by which the administrator determines a course of action is reviewed in the context of workplace realities through an ethical analysis. The growth of information systems and the increased involvement of third parties in decision making have created new issues regarding confidentiality and the release of sensitive information for health care personnel who are in a position of public trust. The issues facing nursing administrators are complex, and of particular concern are the conflicting demands of providing quality care with limited resources. The authors identify strategies to deal with the workplace issues that give rise to the potential for abuse as well as the strategies to support an impaired colleague who attempts to reenter the workforce.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalOnline Journal of Issues in Nursing
Volume3
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 31 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects

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