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Discuss what the physician's hippocratic oath means and what a nursing manager's oath might be.

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The Hippocratic Oath was invented by the Greek philosopher, Hippocrates. It has been around for many centuries and is still followed by physicians. The Hippocratic Oath describes the basic ethics of medical practice and sets a moral code of conduct for medical doctors. Under this oath, providers promise to treat the ill to the best of their ability, to preserve ...

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This solution describes the Hippocratic Oath for medical providers as well as the ethical oath used in nursing "Nightingale Pledge". I provided a link to a website that outlines the American Nursing Association Code of Ethics. 229 words total.

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Are the instances in which private medical information should be revealed to others in order to protect individuals or the public from harm?

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