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Is workplace culture an excuse for poor care?

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Mee S (2013) Is workplace culture an excuse for poor care? Nursing Times; 109; 13, 14-16. 

“Negative behaviour can be explained by external factors, such as culture and the influence of others, or by internal ones, including a person’s own moral compass. Within the context of the Francis report, this article raises questions about how we can ensure that nurses adhere to their code of conduct.”

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  • How does workplace culture affect how we practise?
  • Why do some nurses perform well in a particular environment while others do not?
  • Can external factors be given as a reason for lower standards of care?
  • How can we follow our own moral compass in all circumstances?
  • What does the NMC code of conduct say about personal responsibility?
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