“In almost every profession - whether it's law or journalism, finance or medicine or academia or running a small business - people rely on confidential communications to do their jobs. We count on the space of trust that confidentiality provides. When someone breaches that trust, we are all worse off for it.” Hillary Clinton (2010) Respect for patient confidentiality can be traced back to the Hippocratic Oath when patient information was compared to ‘holy secrets’. Today confidentiality is regarded as a patient’s right and respecting this right is a fundamental obligation of all healthcare professionals. This assignment examines confidentiality within the context of midwifery practice. It considers definitions of confidentiality; its nature within practice; its importance in providing woman centred care; and dilemmas, challenges and exceptions in practice. The analysis highlights that confidentiality is central to a trusting relationship between a woman and her midwife. It recognises confidentiality is a complex area and considers challenges for midwives such as how to respect confidentiality within the context of a team approach to care. Ethical dilemmas for midwives about when patient confidentiality can and/or should be breached are also explored.
We’ve had a few queries this week around how to reference the new NMC code. Here is the answer.
Either of these way is fine, it depends on whether you want to reference the print copy or the online PDF version:
In the reference list either:
Nursing & Midwifery Council. (2015). The code: Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives. London: Nursing & Midwifery Council.
Nursing & Midwifery Council. (2015). The code: Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives. Retrieved from http://www.nmc.org.uk/globalassets/sitedocuments/nmc-publications/revised-new-nmc-code.pdf
In text the first time you cite it would look like this:
Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC, 2015) or (Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), 2015)
Then any subsequent cites you can just use NMC (2015) or (NMC, 2015)
Any questions please let us know.