I'm a newbie and haven't worked in medicine yet but I was wondering about something...................
I can understand a possible breach of confidentiality if you discuss a patient with a friend, family member, etc.
But, what if you discuss a patient with a fellow nurse and co-worker? Is it a breech of confidentiality if you both work the same floor and/or same hospital?
I guess I am asking this because of the other post related to this and few responses discuss how if you don't put down a name, DOB, SS#, etc. no one is gonna know who the patient is except for maybe the people that work there.
So, what kinds of things can and cannot be disclosed to co-workers and is it dependent on "why" you would be discussing a particular case with a co-worker, ie. trying to figure out the best course of treatment, person has some behaviors that you may want to keep an eye out for like delusions, aggressiveness, etc.
Any of your insights would be most welcomed.
I also wanted to say that since I have been a member of this board I have learned and thought about so many things that as someone who is still in school I never would have had exposure to. Things like confidentiality, appropriate/innappropriate behavior, things to watch out for like what happened to Mario recently.
Thank you for opening my eyes!! I can only hope that they will cover some of this stuff in nursing school
, but I'm betting they won't.