Any information, either written or oral, having any relevance to patient care is considered strictly confidential. Discussion regarding patients is restricted to the proper professional environment under supervision of appropriate health care professionals. Under no circumstances is it ever appropriate to discuss one patient with another patient, nor to discuss a patient case in a public area. In the psychiatric areas, if the student finds that the assigned patient is someone with whom they are acquainted, the student must immediately contact the instructor for another patient assignment. To do otherwise is a breach of confidentiality. A breach of confidentiality may be grounds for dismissal from the nursing program.
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Updated September 2011