My class in nursing school
was trying to figure out if this was a confidentiality breach:
You are working as a nurse on the floor of a hospital and see a person that you know from outside of the hospital. You make eye contact and say hello. Later you stop by the room to say hello to the patient and their hospitalized family member, who is also an old friend. You both talk a little bit about how you and your family are doing and how the patient and her family are. The patient shares some details about why they are hospitalized.
Was this a breach of confidentiality? No personal information was shared without the patient's consent, nor was anyone else- healthcare team or otherwise- told of the conversation. Our instructor says it was, stating that the nurse should not acknowledge anyone that she knows and the acknowledgement was a breach of confidentiality.