I've been a nurse in MI since 2003, and have a bit of trouble remembering what information nurses can divulge to a third party. Obviously I know HIPPA regulations, and that info can be divulged if a pt. Is a danger to others, themselves, etc. My question is if a patient confides in you as their nurse, unrelated to their care, what is the nurse's responsibility? I'm specifically talking about patients telling you they committed a crime such as robbery, dealing drugs, etc. Does the same privilege apply to nurses, as it does physicians, therapists? I've searched everywhere for an answer but find nothing except HIPPA info. If anyone knows the answer to this, please reply. This question has been bothering me for years. Thanks!
Well, in general, confidentiality is absolute and considered legal and ethical only if there is a permission from the client! Though i'm not really sure if that involves anything that is unrelated to patient's care, but once they gave us info, i'm sure it's not for any reason, but they thought that giving such info might be helpful for their diagnosis/treatment