Guide to HIPAA Compliance for Nurses

This course emphasizes that protecting privacy in healthcare is everyone’s duty. Why? Because confidentiality is of utmost importance to patients and clients. Good healthcare professionals – like good friends – keep secrets. And good habits each day reduce the risk of a privacy violation. 

This course defines Protected Health Information (PHI) under HIPAA. Participants will learn when it is appropriate to disclose, release, or share PHI as well as how information can be shared (i.e., physically, verbally, or electronically). Within this course we will discuss the peril of social media use and the importance of reporting any potential security breaches, as well as learn how people might attempt to gain access to private information through hacking, phishing emails, and other schemes – and how staff can effectively be on guard through daily vigilance. Lastly, we will discuss the importance of safe handling of paper documents; clean desks and nursing stations, and the importance of alerting a charge nurse or supervisor to suspicious activity.

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Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. State what constitutes private information.
  2. Recite the rules regarding access and release of information.
  3. Recognize what is and is not appropriate regarding social media usage.
  4. Recognize a security incident or breach that should be reported.
  5. Recall safe handling of paper documents and records.
  6. Recognize practices for securing workstations.


Chapter 1: Introduction to Privacy Training

Chapter 2: Hush, Hush!

Chapter 3: Uphold Trust In Familiar Places

Chapter 4: Watch Where You Click

Chapter 5: Protect Information in Buildings & Homes

Price: $36.00

Contact Hour: 1

Course Author

Diane Evans

Diane Evans is Publisher of, a news and information service that helps HIPAA-covered organizations understand their responsibilities. 

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