Patient privacy is hugely important in the medical field because not only is confidentially one of the key moral pillars of the medical industry but it also helps to nurture a respectful rapport between medical staff and their patients which can be essential in gaining information that could lead to successful treatment.
How Can an Understanding of Patient Privacy Help Me with My CNA Training?
Examiners will be watching very closely in your practical exam at the end of your CNA training for evidence of your respect for patient’s privacy.
Ways To Uphold Patient Privacy During Your CNA Training Exam
- Ensure that medical exams, procedures or personal diagnostic questions are conducted with the maximum allowable privacy and discretion. Ways of doing this include ensuring that the patients’ curtains are closed or door is shut, allowing patients to cover up areas of their body not essential to the examination and sometimes supplying a sheet to allow them to do so. Also if the patient has any guests or visitors ask the guests to wait outside for a moment, get the patient’s permission for them to be there or if at all possible come back to conduct your duties when the visitors have left.
- Keep personal information of patients private; do not discuss patients outside of your health care facility. Casually chatting about your work and dropping in the medical and personal details of clients is one of the biggest violations of privacy you can commit during or after your CNA training. It is not only a bad move ethically speaking, but professionally speaking goes against some of the most important codes of conduct that you learn during your CNA training.
- Take time to empathize and get to know your long term patients; this will allow you to get a good feel for what privacy aspects are most important to them. This will help you to provide a better quality of care for your patients and is incredibly important in palliative and aged care facilities.
- When writing out example and case studies for course work or assessments do not use any of the patient’s personal details unless specifically requested. Usually you will never have to disclose patient information to a party outside your medical facility except in the case of legal action or occupational health and safety reports. If there is an incident in your workplace and you are required to disclose information, always check to see exactly what level of information you are permitted to divulge.
- Try to follow through and complete tasks for each individual patient in your care yourself; passing your patient along to the next CNA can make your patients feel vulnerable. Unfortunately, as you will learn after your CNA training, due to patient ratios, staff rosters and emergency situations this is not always possible.
- With a few hints and tips and a good deal of common sense you can create a private and discreet care experience for your patience with relative ease and professionalism that will serve you well throughout your career.