NR360 Information Systems in Healthcare
Unit 3 RUA We Can, but Dare We?
Assignment: We Can, but Dare We?
The purpose of this
assignment is to investigate smartphone and social media use in healthcare and
toapply professional, ethical, and legal principles to their appropriate use in
enables the student to meet the following course outcomes.
• CO #4: Investigate
safeguards and decision?making support tools embedded in patientcare
technologies and information systems to support a safe practice environment
forboth patients and healthcare workers. (PO 4)
• CO #6: Discuss the
principles of data integrity, professional ethics, and legalrequirements
related to data security, regulatory requirements, confidentiality, andclient’s
right to privacy. (PO 6)
• CO #8: Discuss the
value of best evidence as a driving force to institute change in thedelivery of
nursing care (PO 8)
TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE
This assignment is
worth a total of 240 points.
1. Research, compose,
and type a scholarly paper based on the scenario described below, andchoose a
conclusion scenario to discuss within the body of your paper. Reflect on
lessonslearned in this class about technology, privacy concerns, and legal and
ethical issues andaddressed each of these concepts in the paper, reflecting on
the use of smartphones and socialmedia in healthcare. Consider the consequences
of such a scenario. Do not limit your review ofthe literature to the nursing
discipline only because other health professionals are using thetechnology, and
you may need to apply critical thinking skills to its applications in this
2. Use Microsoft Word
and APA formatting. Consult your copy of the Publication Manual of theAmerican
Psychological Association, sixth edition, as well as the resources in Doc
Sharing if youhave questions (e.g., margin size, font type and size (point),
use of third person, etc.). Takeadvantage of the writing service SmartThinking,
which is accessed by clicking on the link calledthe Tutor Source, found under
the Course Home area.
4. The paper will
contain an introduction that catches the attention of the reader, states
thepurpose of the paper, and provides a narrative outline of what will follow
(i.e., the assignmentcriteria).
5. In the body of the
paper, discuss the scenario in relation to HIPAA, legal, and other
regulatoryrequirements that apply to the scenario and the ending you chose.
Demonstrate support fromsources of evidence (references) included as in?text
6. Choose and identify
one of the four possible endings provided for the scenario, and constructyour
paper based on its implications to the scenario. Make recommendations about
what shouldhave been done and what could be done to correct or mitigate the
problems caused by thescenario and the ending you chose. Demonstrate support
from sources of evidence (references)included as in?text citations.
7. Present the
advantages and disadvantages of using smartphones and social media in
healthcareand describe professional and ethical principles to the appropriate
use of this technology, basedon facts from supporting sources of evidence,
which must be included as in?text citations.
10. Review the section
on Academic Honesty found in the Chamberlain Course Policies. All workmust be
original (in your own words). Papers will automatically be submitted to
TurnItIn whensubmitted to the Dropbox.
11. Submit the
completed paper to the “We Can, but Dare We?” Dropbox by the end of Week
3.Please refer to the Syllabus for due dates for this assignment. For online
students, please postquestions about this assignment to the weekly Q & A
Forums so that the entire class may viewthe answers.
Preparing for the
Healthcare is readily
embracing any technology to improve patient outcomes, streamline operations,and
lower costs, but we must also consider the impact of such technology on privacy
and patient care.
includes the use of social media applications, such as Facebook, Instagram,
MySpace,Twitter, and LinkedIn on smartphones.
In healthcare today,
smartphones are widely used for communication, efficiency, and care. Obviously,
avariety of issues (ethical, professional, and legal) from both the personal
and hospital perspectivesmust be considered.
You are a nurse in the
emergency room, working the Friday 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift, and your evening
hasbeen filled with the usual mix of drunken belligerent teens, wailing babies,
chronic obstructivepulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations, falls, fractures,
and the routine, regular congestive heartfailure (CHF) patients. Your best
friend is texting you from the concert that you had to miss tonightbecause you
were scheduled to work, and you respond to her between care of patients,
jealous that sheis there and you are not. “What a jerk to torture me like
this!” you think to yourself.It is now 2 a.m., and the medics radio once again,
notifying you of an incoming motor vehicle accidentvictim, ETA of 5 minutes. You
sigh and opt to use the restroom, rather than getting that much?neededcup of
coffee, and prepare a room for your next patient. The medics roll in and begin
to fill you in. Thepatient is a 28?year?old male, a passenger on a bus that was
involved in a crash, leaving the vehicleoverturned after rolling over an
embankment. There were several fatalities among the bus passengers,and “this
victim has remained unconscious, though his vitals are currently” . . . and as
you start to focuson the patient, you take a second look. Can it be? It is! The
lead singer, Jerod, from the band “BlueLizards,” who you have adored since you
first heard his voice! The band had just left the concert thatyou had missed
last evening when the accident occurred. You quickly text your best friend . .
. “Can youbelieve?” and she responds with “Yeah, right. PROVE IT.” So you
quickly snap a picture with yoursmartphone, when alone with the patient, and
send it to her. Can’t hurt, right? Celebrities are “publicproperty,” and that’s
a part of their life, right? Just for good measure, you snap a few more
pictures ofthe unconscious singer in various stages of undress and then a shot
of his home address, phone number,and demographic information from his
electronic health record. You sit your phone down on thebedside table for a
minute as you continue your assessment of the patient.At 7:00 a.m., you drag
your tired body home and straight to bed after a long but eventful night.What
happens next? Choose an ending to the scenario, and construct your paper based
1. You are the
following nurse on the day shift and discover the night nurse’s phone on the
bedsidetable. While trying to figure out to whom it belongs, you open the phone
and see thephotographs taken the night before. Holy moly! What a find, and
nobody could trace you to thephotos.
2. You receive a call
from the gossip paper the Gossip Gazette, offering you $20,000 for the
photosyou have taken (courtesy of your best friend). Your identity would never
be revealed, and youdesperately need a new car and are behind on some bills.
3. You go on Facebook,
on your day off, and talk about the night you had at work and how youdidn’t
really feel as bad having to miss the concert, because you actually got to meet
Jerod inperson and even “Got his number!” You then post a picture of Jerod on
Facebook and Instagram, figuring that most of your contacts would never
recognize him anyway. It’s your dayoff and your personal time, so no harm, no
4. You receive a
message the next morning from a peer at work that there is a big
investigationbeing conducted at work due to a HIPAA violation and that it
involved a celebrity who had beenadmitted to the hospital. The word is that
legal action is being taken against the hospital due tosome photos that were
sold to the Gossip Gazette. Knowing that the photo you sent is safe withyour
best friend, you reach for your smartphone, but it is nowhere to be found.