A patient who will undergo plastic surgery tells the nurse she is embarrassed about the surgery and asks the nurse not to tell anyone. How should the nurse respond?

"I cannot discuss any information about you to anyone who is not directly involved in your care"


•The nurse has a legal obligation to maintain patient confidentiality. •"Required to tell your family" and "If your friends ask" would breach patient confidentiality. •"I won't tell, I promise" would not alleviate the patient's concerns and it is not a professional response.

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