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Ensuring Patient Confidentiality in Nursing

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Course Overview

Ensuring Patient Confidentiality in Nursing

Author: Kayla Cavicchio

In order to provide the best care possible to patients, there must be a foundation of trust that the patient-provider relationship is built on. If the foundation is not stable, the rest of the relationship is at risk for crumbling. One way that trust is built is by maintaining patient confidentiality or privacy.  

When it comes to the medical field, the wrong medicines or treatments may be administered or performed. This could result in further complications. Medical conditions, treatments, and results can often be sensitive topics things patients do not necessarily want shared with society for a variety of reasons. Patients rely on their providers to keep the information they communicate in confidence, and only sharing it under certain circumstances. The purpose of this course is to educate on the aspects of patient confidentiality and its importance.  

Course Outline

  1. Introduction 
  2. The Privacy Rule
  3. De-Identifying Patients  
  4. Professional Statements 
  5. Disclosure 
  6. Consequences of Disclosure Violations 
  7. Patient Confidentiality in the Technology Era
  8. Best Practices of Patient Confidentiality 
  9. Summary 
  10. References

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss the importance of patient confidentiality in nursing. It will take the average learner 120 minutes to complete.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Understand patient confidentiality. 
  2. Describe the Privacy Rule. 
  3. Identify the two methods of de-identifying a patient. 
  4. List several patient identifiers. 
  5. Understand best practices for maintaining patient confidentiality. 

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Conflict of Interest Statement

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts or any contributors have a commercial interest nor were influenced by commercial interests in the creation of this course, financially or otherwise.

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Course created on: June 04, 2021

Course Expires on: June 04, 2024

Course Offering: #81