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Question: Lily is a nurse for an orthopedic physician, Dr. Baker, in a small town where everyone knows each…

Lily works as a nurse for Dr. Baker, an orthopedic surgeon in a tiny town where everyone knows each other. When Lily spotted four individuals waiting to check-in one day, she walked to the front desk to assist and check-in patients as well. She notices Mr. Smith in the waiting area and asks aloud, “How are you healing from your knee surgery?” “Are you still in discomfort?” “Yes, I’m still in pain,” Mr. Smith said. Lily returns Mr. Smith to an examination room after assisting at the front desk. She gets a message from the front desk after taking his vital signs that Dr. Baker was summoned into the hospital for an emergency situation and that all patients needed to be rescheduled. In addition, Lily has been advised to look through the supply cabinet and give Mr. Smith whatever pain meds she feels will help him until he can see Dr. Baker. Lily selects a pain reliever and delivers it to Mr. Smith. Is it possible that the nurse in this case violated the patient’s privacy? Why do you think that is? Use evidence from the scenario as well as outside sources to back up your response.