The new code, which comes into force on 1 May, is intended to clarify the expectations placed on nurses and midwives, and also sets out what standard of care the public can expect to receive.
NMC president Nancy Kirkland said: ‘Nurses and midwives should see the code as a support tool to help them in practise so if they are faced with an ethical, moral or professional dilemma, they can refer to the code for guidance and advice.’
The revised code requires nursing staff to ensure that anyone they delegate to is able to carry instructions and to ‘confirm that the outcome of any delegated task meets required standards’.
It also requires nurses and midwives to ‘act without delay’ if they believe that themselves, a colleague or anyone else may be putting someone at risk.
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