Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I would definitely recommend this course to anyone entering the medical field. Not only can you learn about patient rights, patient privacy, HIPAA standards, but also moral and ethical standards and your dignified role as a medical professional! This course really helped me understand all the obligated duties of a health care professional to a patient.
The highlight of this course, in my opinion, included learning about all the obligated duties of a health care professional, which includes: Duties during a medical emergency, duty to treat indigent patients, duty not to abandon a patient, duty to treat a patient with AIDS, The noncompliant or incompetent patient, Duty to properly identify patients, Duty to respect confidentiality, and duty to tell the truth. Learning these duties really helped me understand how important it is to have respect for your profession and be all you can be when it comes to upholding a well-respected position.
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Advice for students:
Learn very quick what is and is not allowed with regards to a patient and his/her information. It really helps if you just imagine yourself in the patient's shoes. What information would you be okay with releasing to others? What kind of respect and privacy would you like to receive from health care professionals? You've got to see both sides to fully understand why there are HIPAA regulations and federal laws that are strictly tied to the medical field. What do you think would be morally and ethically "right"? Also, really understand the concepts of living will and power of attorney, as this could go very wrong, or very acceptable.