RUA: We Can, But Dare We?


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. You will be writing about the use of personal devices and social media and their use in healthcare. We can do it, but dare we? 

This individual assignment allows you to think outside the box; you must find sources that support your opinions. Be sure to cite and reference them in your paper.

Consider the following scenario as you write your paper.

You are an emergency department nurse working in a busy Level I trauma center. A celebrity has been involved in a severe car accident and has been brought into your department. You decide to take some pictures of the injuries, the aftermath of the condition of the room, and several images of the CT scans. You post them to your friends-only social media sites, stating, look what I saw at work last night. A couple of days later, your pictures were posted on multiple national news websites linking them back to the celebrity.  The celebritys lawyers have contacted the hospital and filed legal actions. You have already removed the pictures from your social media sites. The hospital is questioning everyone who worked in the emergency department that night.

Think outside the box,  choose an ending to this scenario and then construct your paper based on those reflections.

  • A HIPAA violation occurs, and client data is exposed to the media
  • A medication error has harmed a client
  • A technology downtime that impacts patient care occurs, and an error is made.
  • A ransomware attack has occurred, and the organization must contemplate paying the ransom or lose access to patient data.
REFERENCE: McGonigle, D. & Mastrian, K. (2018). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge (4th ed.). Jones & Bartlett. And any additional schorlarly sources.