Please answer the following:
1. What is a continuity plan, and why is it important?
2. What occurs in your current place of employment in a disaster? Has your facility discussed the plan for continuity of care and data?
3. If you were in charge, how would you implement a continuity plan? Include lessons from the Joplin Tornado and Mercy Hospital.
Additionally, read and answer the following Ethics Case below:
Ethics Case 1
Paul is a 12-year-old male diabetic. He maintains his personal digital assistant (PDA), hand-held device, that interfaces with his glucometer and provides information based on inputted data from him and his parents. This information is transmitted to his MD/hospital, school nurse, case manager (CM), and to the parents’ home computer. All in an attempt to better control his diabetes. You are his CM.
The PDA sends an update to you since Paul’s blood glucose levels have been rising steadily for the last 5 days. The physician has left a message for you to contact this family and have them come in for an evaluation. You know that both of his parents work so you send an e-mail message to the parents’ via their home computer asking them to bring Paul in for an assessment. Since you are in a hurry and will be seeing other patients when they return from work, you decide to add more information to the message than normal reviewing with them the importance of maintaining control over diabetes and expressing your concern since Paul has not checked in with you lately. You tell them that you think he might be over-doing it since he is trying to play football. You ask how they are doing and if they are still attending their counseling sessions.
Paul’s 4-year-old sister, Lilah, sends your email out to all of the diabetic lists that both Paul and his parents belong. They interact with people on these lists regularly.
The parents call everyone including you and are outraged that this information was sent everywhere….
Consider the following
- How would you feel in this situation?
- What is the problem? (Clearly, state the problem)
- What ethical principles would guide you in this case?
- What are the alternatives for solving this dilemma?
- What are the consequences for each alternative generated?
- In your opinion, what is the first choice from the alternatives and why?
- Does your choice take into consideration all of the persons involved and the consequences to each of them?
- If the worst case scenario would occur based on your choice, could you live with your decision?
- Based on your choice, what is your plan of action?
McGonigle, D., & Mastrian, K. G. (2018). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge(4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
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