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Category list : Dilemma

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  • A health visitor's career conundrum

    How can I make a career change to practice nursing?Subscription

    Focus30 April, 2008

    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?

    Who can sign a consent form?Subscription

    Focus26 March, 2008

    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?

  • How can I manage stress without letting my team down?

    How can I manage stress without letting my team down?Subscription

    Focus18 March, 2008

    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?

  • What happens to confidentiality if I am a witness in a child protection case?

    What happens to confidentiality if I am a witness in a child protection case?Subscription

    Focus3 March, 2008

    When staff are witnesses in child protection cases, do they need a subpoena to protect them against possible action for breach of confidentiality?

  • How can community nurses work more closely with hospital staff?

    How can community nurses work more closely with hospital staff?Subscription

    Focus26 February, 2008

    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?

    What is the law on patient consent?Subscription

    Focus18 February, 2008

    A patient gave consent to surgery during an outpatient appointment. Is this still valid when the patient is admitted for the operation?

  • record keeping nurse monitoring patient on bed

    What should I do if a colleagues competence is questioned?Subscription

    Focus1 February, 2008

    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?

    What duty of care do I have in public?Subscription

    Focus29 January, 2008

    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?

    Who decides on standards of practice?Subscription

    Focus21 January, 2008

    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?

    How can I reduce my working hours?Subscription

    Focus14 January, 2008

    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?

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