Circumstances to legitimate a terminationSubscription
A 10-year-old girl is pregnant after being raped by a member of her family. The pregnancy is not discovered or diagnosed until the child is 24 weeks pregnant. What laws can be applied to this particular case?
Following a patient suicide in a mental health and learning disability unit, instructions have been issued that include the removal of bedroom door locks and fire extinguishers. These conflict with other guidance. Where do nurses stand legally?
A staff nurse has been given a demonstration of new ECT machinery, which involved no assessment of her competence. Can she refuse to use it?
Who can sign a consent form?Subscription
A surgeon refuses to perform emergency surgery on a confused elderly lady without consent. She has no known relatives – can anyone else sign a consent form?
When staff are witnesses in child protection cases, do they need a subpoena to protect them against possible action for breach of confidentiality?
If an appropriately qualified nurse is allocated to a patient but her competence is questioned by a staff member, what are the responsibilities of the manager?
What duty of care do I have in public?Subscription
A nurse at a railway station notices a man close to the line and fears he intends to jump. Does the nurse have a duty of care to stop him jumping in front of a train?
A practical guide to the Mental Capacity ActSubscription
Bridgit Dimond outlines the key principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
A GP asks you, a community or practice nurse, to make a home visit to see a child who is reported to have a temperature and is vomiting. Do you agree and, if so, what do you need to be aware of?
A quantity of the drug diamorphine is found to be missing from the ward. What procedure should follow and how serious is this situation for the registered practitioner responsible for the drug going missing?