is regarded as the disclosure to the public or the individuals in theauthority of corruption, mismanagement or some kind of wrongdoing. It is a stern action that one needs to engage in only afterexhausting all the internal resources and giving carefulconsideration to the personal as well as professional consequencesthat will follow the event. In most institutions, nurses usuallyhave objections that are based on a petition to non-maleficence. Inmost cases, these complaints are handled efficiently through theeducation of the involved parties regarding the potential harm to aparticular institution, individual, and/or society. Nevertheless,regardless of the effective handling of the matter, unethicalsituations may occasionally continue forcing the nurse to considerwhistleblowing (Bosek & Savage, 2007). An actual situation thatcould result in the need for whistleblowing involves consistentbreaches in maintaining the confidentiality of the patient records.
Asthe nurse in the case, I would first exploit the internal mechanismsthat have been put in place to handle such cases. In the event thatthe unethical behavior continues, I would option for whistleblowingby reporting the matter to a regulatory agency to carry out aninquiry into the matter. The federal whistle-blower law covers astatute that protects all the employees of the government. Therefore,the steps that include reporting the hospital management to therelevant agency, supplying them with any evidence I have gathered,and cooperating in the inquiry process will be protected by the law. According to Attree (2007), some of the disincentives towhistleblowing include retribution, blame for raising the issue, aswell as the fear of the consequences. The potential repercussionsthat I might face include being labeled a traitor and the possibilityof losing my job given that the whistleblowing was against thehospital management.
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