The final assignment for this course is a Final Paper. The purpose of the Final Paper is for you to culminate the learning achieved in the course by applying your knowledge in the field of health care ethics and medical law through the analysis of an actual case regarding an ethical dilemma.
Focus of the Final Paper Review the three scenarios below. Choose one of them and address the questions asked within your selected scenario in the form of a written analysis.
Scenario No. 1: HIPAA Privacy Rule Case Study: Imagine that you are the privacy officer for a small town hospital. You receive a report that there is a breach of privacy. You are informed that a 15-year-old girl is received at the emergency with an emergency labor. The baby is delivered in the emergency room as there is no time to move the patient to the obstetrics (OB) department. In addition to the emergency delivery the baby is born with multiple medical problems. Once the mother and baby are moved to obstetrics and neonate care is given to both.
The OB nurse who took care of the mother and baby completes her shift and she goes home to her own daughter to have a talk with her. She sits her daughter down and pleads with the girl to tell her if she ever has any problems especially when it comes to pregnancy. The nurse tells her daughter the story about the young patient who delivered that evening and she accidentally mentions the patients name. The patients name is one of those odd names that immediately triggers the nurses daughter to relay that she knows the patient. The mother/nurse realizing that she made a big mistake by mentioning the patients name pleads with her daughter not to say anything. Needless to say word shoots through the four high schools in the town the next day.
The nurse returns to work the following evening and she contacts you to hand in her badge and keys stating that she knows she made a mistake by breaching the young patients privacy and she knows she is going to be fired. In addition to the breach of the obstetrics nurse you learn that the patient hid her pregnancy from her family and to make matters worse her aunt and mother are both nurses at the hospital. You know both of these nurses on a professional and personal level.