As a registered professional nurse and an employee of Christ the King Lutheran Church, the congregational nurse is obligated to treat all information shared by clients in a confidential manner. Documents containing health information are stored in a locked area or a password protected electronic documentation record and are accessible only by the congregational nurse.
In certain circumstances, in order to serve a client’s best interest, it may be necessary for the congregational nurse to consult with a member of the ministry staff, a health-care provider, a member of the client’s family or a significant other. As a result, the congregational nurse may need to discuss information disclosed by the client. The congregational nurse will inform clients when these situations arise. Client requests for non-disclosure of information will be honored to the extent that client health and safety is protected. The client must put in writing any request to release copies of the information in the client record.