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This essay will choose and explore clause 5 from the Code of Professional Conduct (NMC 2002).

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CODE OF CONDUCT AIM: This essay will choose and explore clause 5 from the Code of Professional Conduct (NMC 2002). Examples and relevance of the clause to nursing practice and discipline will be based on placement 1 clinical experience. The links between academic and practice will also be structurally discussed; using relevant literature to elaborate points. References will be listed at the end. Introduction: Any learned profession is founded on the principle that its members may be relied upon to conduct their work in a manner that will reflect credit on themselves and honour to their profession. Although this principle is universally understood, its importance is, more usually, recognised in cases of professional misconduct. It is therefore necessary that every learned profession should define, and enforce among its members, strict rules of professional conduct. To this end code of professional conduct, as approved by nursing and midwifery council (2002a) is issued to all qualified members of nurse midwife or health visitor. (NMC 2002a clause 1 section 1.1) Importantly, the protection of clients' rights in care situations is an area of considerable importance within care work; all nurses owe clients a duty of care and are under a legal obligation to ensure that they observe the requirements of the legislation protecting the rights and interests of their clients. ...read more.


Confidentiality refers to the protection of personal and private details about clients;' situations or conditions. In care settings, the term confidentiality is used to refer to the rights of service users to have access to their private information restricted to people who have an accepted need to know about the content.(Dimond 1995) Clients generally consent to this information being made available to a restricted group of care professionals on need-to-know basis. They also expect that care workers will respect the limits they place on the disclosure of the information outside of the care team and for any reason that is not related to their care. Nurses should not break confidentiality in situation where clients have a right to privacy and their comments and behaviour do not cause harm to others and break the law. (nursing standard, july 7, vol 13, no 42, 1999). As a student nurse who is likely to be a temporary visitor to a care setting. Perhaps whilst on work placement or collecting information for an assignment. Observing or overhear things about service users, and indeed members of staff, should remain confidential. Confidentiality is a key care value and is an important part of the nurse value base. Why is confidentiality important? People who use care services are often vulnerable and anxious about the situations in which they find themselves. ...read more.


* They reveal information that can be used to protect another person from harm. If an offence that could have been prevented by your revealing the confidence is committed, you could be brought to court to face charges. Care workers should never promise a client that what they say will be absolutely confidential. They should explain that, depending on what they are told or observe, there are times when they may have to share information with their colleagues and other authorities. In all care settings the standard of confidentiality that care practioners are able to provide should be communicated to service users at the first point of contact and may be reinforced by leaflets and posters. Generally, information about service users should be: * Kept secure and private, and locked in special filing cabinets. * Only shared within the strict boundaries of the care team. * Only used for the purpose for which it is given. * Never deliberately disclosed so as to break confidentiality, other than in exceptional circumstances. Care practioners must always be able to justify their decisions to break confidentiality. Managing confidentiality It is good practise for care workers to discuss the issue of confidentiality with service users at an early point in their contract. Service users should be given an opportunity to indicate how much of their personal information they are happy to have disclosed and to say with whom, outside of the care team, the staff can share information. ...read more.

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