Applying Ethical Frameworks in Practice

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Module 3
Applying Ethical Frameworks in Practice
Lijimol Biju
Grand Canyon University
NRS-437V Ethical Decision Making in Health Care
01/08/2012

Applying Ethical Frameworks in Practice
In the health care, the main idea of having confidentiality is for to gain the patients and family members trust. At any time this confidentiality is broken or the private matters are disclosed it is called a breach of confidentiality. Patients have the right for privacy related to their health care matters and it has to confidential among the health care team. Breaching confidentiality is morally, ethically and legally wrong. In this paper the writer explains about the professional position regarding patient confidentiality using the assigned article, "Bioethics on NBC's ER: Betraying Trust or Providing Good Care? When Is It Ok to Break Confidentiality?" (Nathanson, 2000).In this article the writer explains about an ethical dilemma arose for the nurse Carol Hathaway. Two teenagers were not ready to get started their treatment and nurse Hathaway promise to them that the matter will be confidential and confidentiality will not be breached for whatever the reasons may be. Andrea, who is 14 years old, has a positive diagnosis for a human papillomavirus-(HPV) and a cervical cancer. By having the knowledge that the cervical cancers can be treated and the survival results are high, nurse Hathaway is in a dilemma about informing the teenagers’ parents of her diagnosis. The nurse is struggling with the situation and talks to an ER physician who told her that the matter has to be brought to Andrea’s parents and also to the school authorities because the girl admits taking part of sex parties and having multiple sex partners and the school should be warned of the risk. Ethical Implications of a Breach of Confidentiality

In olden day’s breach of confidentiality involved preventing harm to others, such as carriers of contagious diseases who wished to keep the condition a secret....
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