Case Study Of The ANA Code Of Ethics Case

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James Hitesman was a registered nurse and shift supervisor at Bridgeway, Inc, nursing home. He displayed concerns to management about that amount of infectious diseases within the nursing home. He claimed that the incidents of infections were rising at a disturbing rate. The management did not take care of the situation as he desired. Therefore, he told a television reporter about the problems in this nursing home. When he released the information to the media he also released patient information, therefore violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA). This was against the facilities policy furthermore, he was dismissed from Bridgeway Inc. James Hitesman then filed a law suit stating the facility did not obey the …show more content…
How many courts did this case go through? State each court by full title and each court 's determination?
This case went through three courts. It started in the civil court, and the jury was in favor of Hitesman. Then it went to the Appellate Division and the Supreme Court. The Appellate Division reversed the ruling and rejected the verdict. The Supreme Court additionally ruled the plaintiff failed to verify his CEPA claim (Hitesman v. Bridgeway Inc., 2014).
Does the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses apply to this case and the actions of the nurse? If so, what specific provision(s)?
The ANA Code of Ethics (ANA Code) does apply to this case and the actions of the nurse. Hiteman claimed that the engagements of Bridgeway went in contradiction of the ANA Code provision 3.5 by not stating the importance of reporting unskilled, unethical, illegal or impaired practice in the employment setting to endorse patient safety. In addition, he provided the use of provision 2 by reporting the problems by using the chain of command, which provided obligation and advocacy in the safety of his patients (Hitesman v. Bridgeway Inc., 2014). Hitesman attempted to establish an ethical environment that is conducive to safety and quality care, which falls under provision 6 (ANA,
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The handbook helped the panel hold the liability verdict against the weight of the evidence. The argument did not fall under any of the CEPA laws, therefore ruling in favor of Bridgeway, Inc (Hitesman v. Bridgeway Inc., 2014).
In what way, if any, did the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), 42 U.S.C.A. 1320d-1 to -9 impact the actions of Bridgeway? or impact the decision of the New Jersey Supreme Court? How does HIPAA apply to your analysis of the actions of the parties?
HIPPA impacted the actions of Bridgeway because Hitesman revealed the administrative logs to the television reporter and he violated Bridgeway’s confidentiality policy. I believe the violation impacted the Supreme Court’s decision because the HIPAA violations added more weight against him. In my analysis, I believe he was trying to protect the patients in the facility from harm but violating HIPAA was not the ethical way to do it (Hitesman v. Bridgeway Inc., 2014).
What is CEPA? What are the elements of a CEPA claim that a plaintiff must prove in order to have a valid claim? Did the Supreme Court determine that the plaintiff had a valid CEPA claim?

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