- Article: Goldsmith J (2011) The NMC code: conduct, performance and ethics. Nursing Times; 107: 37, early online publication.
- Author: Jan Goldsmith is assistant director, standards (nursing) at the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT:
- The ways in which the NMC code is a tool for all nurses in all situations
- The key principles of the NMC code
- Areas of development of the code, including emphasising the need for critical thinking, technology and evidence-based practice skills in students
YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING:
- The NMC code
- Professional conduct
IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL TO ME?
The NMC code, the article explains, should be a framework for how nurses and midwives practise. With its discussion of the key principles of the code and its five key points, this article makes the code more accessible. You may also find the discussions of some of the specific guidances — like on the care of older people or on paper and electronic records — helpful.
QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR:
- How do you understand the purpose of the NMC code? How do you apply it to your practice?
- How can I remind myself of the key principles of the code in caring for my patients?
STUDENT NT DECODER:
- Evidence-based practice: the approach to care used by health professionals, which is based on the idea that practice should be determined by what research supports.
- NMC Guidance: publications by the NMC on a specific concern that provide instructions on how to address that concern. Examples include the guidance on record keeping and the guidance on the care of older people.