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Lessons from the sad case of Joshua Plumb

Who's my patient? Who am I responsible for? When should I request help? Sound familiar?  Nurses often work in very stressful, dynamically changing environments. They have to be flexible, committed and able to work under pressure. Often they work with ...

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Mid Staffordshire: heeding the lessons

An inquiry into a UK health service scandal has released its findings. Could such a tragedy happen here?  The Report of the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry, recently released in the UK, examines how hundreds of people died due ...

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Anorexics force legal decision

The courts can face a real dilemma, legally and ethically, when it comes to patients with a life-threatening eating disorder. By Scott Trueman. A highly cherished ethical principle that courts jealously guard is that of autonomy; the patient's right to ...

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Duty of care expanded

Nursing staff have to be aware that a patient's sexual partners must be considered in ongoing treatment. A recent court decision in NSW highlights that health professionals, including nursing and administrative staff, have a duty of care which can extend ...

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Listening to the voice of nursing

Debra Thoms, the head of the Australian College of Nursing, talks to Amie Larter about the merger and current focus of the organisation What first prompted your choice for a career in nursing? When I left school I could not ...

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Be it noted, keep records

Scott Trueman discusses the crucial importance of nursing documentation in legal proceedings. Nursing documentation or “nursing notes” have several functions not least of which are to record faithfully and actually what occurred at the relevant time. Such documentation is highly ...

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