Category list : Dilemma
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I am a health visitor and I am considering a career change to practice nursing. A lot of the posts require skills I do not possess and I have not been able to find any courses. Please help!
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?
I am under a lot of stress at work, as are others. I do not want to take sick leave as I am dedicated to work and feel obliged to support my team. What can I do?
When staff are witnesses in child protection cases, do they need a subpoena to protect them against possible action for breach of confidentiality?
I am a district nurse and I feel that if I could work more closely with hospital staff it would benefit both patients and my career. How should I go about this?
What is the law on patient consent?Subscription
A patient gave consent to surgery during an outpatient appointment. Is this still valid when the patient is admitted for the operation?
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?
Who decides on standards of practice?Subscription
As nurses work more independently, what rules apply to standards of practice? Who is the expert witness and against whom are standards measured?
How can I reduce my working hours?Subscription
I am a full-time staff nurse on a busy surgical ward. I am finding the hours very difficult and my home life is suffering. I know my manager will be reluctant to reduce my hours. How can I persuade her?