I am in my last semester with literally days to go ... we are discussing ethics in healthcare and I researched and chose the topic of "Should healthcare workers be required to dislcose their HIV status to their employer"? Yes, I know this is a hot topic and one that is bound to raise some issues.
I have found tons of information on why nurses should NOT have to disclose their status (ANA and CNA websites), however, I would like to play the devil's advocate and argue the opposite side that is that nurses SHOULD have to disclose their status. This is proving to be a difficult side to take and the online research has my eyes in spasm.
I've searched all of the websites known to man and have a short list of reasons why nurses should have to disclose their status but I'm hoping that all of you seasoned nurses might have some opinions to add as to why they should have to tell their employer.
Again, we are debating both sides as it is a ETHICAL issue and there is no right or wrong answer. I'm hoping to open my classmates eyes as to both sides of the story. You don't have to agree with this side of the issue to offer up opinions.
Thanks for any help anyone can provide.
Mar 17, '05
I think that HIV is treated differantly than other infectious diseases that a nurse may have. I personally dont think it should be.
I have 2 ID's. I have Borrelia burgdorferi (cyst form--chronic deep tissue Lyme) and Babesiosis. I am not required to be listed for the first and the 2nd depends on the state (last time I checked).
HOWEVER, I have always been very open about my status.
But, I must admit that my diseases do not come with a stigma. Yes, they are infectious but because I was infected through a tick and not through sexual contact it makes a differance in my openess.
But...in the Hispanic community (particularly in migrant workers) there IS a stigma with Lyme. Because it is seen as more of an uncleanliness issue, whereas in the normal population it is seen as an active healthy outdoorish disease. If that makes any sense!
Last edit by Kyriaka on Mar 17, '05