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Codes of Ethics & OSHA Guidelines Case Study

Part I: Read the below scenario and write a short response
Is your friend violating any codes of ethics? If yes, which one(s)?
What would you do in this situation about your fellow worker?
Would you ignore the situation or discuss your concerns with her?
Would you report the worker to her supervisor?

Scenario I:
"A fellow worker tells a group of individuals during lunch in the hospital cafeteria that a friend of hers is in the hospital having cosmetic surgery. She continues to describe the extent and nature of the surgery."

Part II: Read the following scenario and write a short response on your reaction to it. As you respond, describe how the values of both the health worker and client may be in conflict. How should the nursing supervisor have handled this situation? Does the nurse have a legitimate argument? Are the rights of the patient/client being violated? Which OSHA guidelines would come into play in this scenario, if any?

Scenario II:
"You are a nursing supervisor in a busy emergency room. One of your nurses approaches you stating that one of her patients has AIDS and currently has an open wound. The nurse states that due to her religious beliefs toward AIDS and a concern for contracting a blood-borne infection, she is asking to be reassigned to another patient."

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In Scenario I, my fellow worker is violating a code of ethics in discussing his or her friend's cosmetic surgery. As a health worker, he/she has agreed to put the primacy of the patient's interests above others. Gossiping about a procedure or illness crosses this line, since this action diminishes the professional integrity of the health care worker. A health care worker is tasked with respecting human dignity and protecting the rights of the patient. According to the American Nurses Association (ANA), a nurse has a duty to maintain confidentiality of all patient information. Relevant data regarding patients and their care can be shared only with those members of the health care team who have a need to know (American Nurses Association, 2012). This code of ethics extends to other health care professionals as well, thus, gossiping in the cafeteria would violate the code of ethics.

If I was involved in this situation, I would gently remind my co-worker that we shouldn't be discussing his/her friend's procedure, since it violates our professional code, and then ask a question regarding a different subject to turn the conversation in a new direction. Should my co-worker continue on the subject, I would be more direct, asking the co-worker what his ...

Solution Summary

This solution addresses a scenario involving a healthcare worker discussing a procedure of a friend publicly, and the ethics involved. It also analyzes the appropriateness of a healthcare worker refusing to treat an AIDS patient, in regards to patient rights and OSHA guidelines. APA references are included.