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Part 5.1: Accountability, autonomy and standards

VOL: 97, ISSUE: 18, PAGE NO: 47Petra KoppNurses’ demands for increased professional recognition bring with them increased responsibilities. While it is doctors who have 24-hour legal responsibility for the treatment of patients, nurses are making more independent nursing decisions for which they are legally accountable in a court of law, over and above their professional accountability for all their actions.

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