Law and professional issues in nursing by Richard Griffith

By Richard Griffith

Law matters in Nursing provides nurses of all degrees with a crash direction in legislations written in transparent and easy language. it really is full of insightful case reports and thought-provoking actions that show the relevance of legislations and the way it underpins secure and potent perform. Written explicitly for nurses, the booklet is a perfect place to begin for nurses trying to greater comprehend the felony tasks they face leaving them larger ready for secure and powerful practice.

New to This Edition:

  • Fully up-to-date in mild of the revised NMC Code (2015)
  • Expanded analysis and dialogue of the legislations when it comes to finish of existence care, chickening out remedy, DNR, and assisted dying
  • Updated to take account of the provisions of the care Act 2014
  • Discusses the revised basic criteria in England

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For example, you may believe that a patient is capable of making a decision to refuse treatment and this should be respected (respect for autonomy). Another nurse may believe that one must always act in a way that promotes the well-being of others and decide to treat him despite his refusal to consent to that treatment. This is where ethics and the application of ethical principles will help you to judge the right or wrong of a decision. According to Edwards (1996), ethics may be described as the enquiry into moral situations and the language employed to describe them.

A person’s morals are founded on their beliefs and values, and decisions made by that individual will be influenced by those beliefs and values. As a nurse you will have your own set of beliefs and values – your own moral background – that will influence your decisions when caring for a person. 8 Should we treat the patient? A patient has been admitted to the accident and emergency department after a road traffic accident. He has sustained some severe injuries and requires a blood transfusion. He is conscious and understands the nature of his injuries and the need for a life-saving blood transfusion.

As the regulatory body for the profession, the NMC is concerned with protecting the public. The key to the NMC’s role is the professional register, where the names of those entitled to be called registered nurses are maintained. An active registration is required if a nurse intends to practise. The NMC protects the public by controlling entry on to the register through standards of training and education, and regulating a practitioner’s right to remain on the register by imposing professional standards.

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