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Restraint: its use and misuse in brief the care of older people

01 May 2001

Nursing Older People


Restraint is an emotive issue, with legal and ethical dimensions, as well as psychological and physical effects on the person being restrained. Can its use ever be...

Legal concerns in tissue viability and wound healing

19 February 2003

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

In an age of increasing litigation, it is important for tissue viability practitioners to be aware of the legal issues surrounding their practice. Bridgit Dimond...

Legal definitions of responsibility, accountability and liability

01 April 2011

Nursing Children and Young People


The purpose of this article is to legally define the terms responsibility, accountability and liability. The connection between these terms for registered children’s...

Clarifying accountability in operating theatre practice

08 October 1997

Nursing Standard

Conference focus: theatre nursing

Operating theatre nursing is at the forefront of changes in the provision of health care throughout the UK, and the concept of accountability remains firmly rooted...

Next of kin

04 November 1998

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Who exactly is a patient’s ‘next of kin’ and why do nurses need to know? Does the term include partners – including same sex partners – who are not related by blood...

Manual handling and the lawfulness of no-lift policies

04 February 2004

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Recent discussions over the plight of a woman who had spent a year sleeping in her wheelchair because the local NHS trust refused to allow her to be lifted into bed...

Administration of medicines part 1: the law and nursing

24 September 2003

Nursing Standard


The authors outline the legal and professional consequences for nurses of failing to adhere to the law relating to the administration of medications. Part 2, next...

Immunisation and the law: compulsion or parental choice?

19 November 2003

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

A debate has been developing in Nursing Standard on the issue of childhood immunisations. This article adds to the discussion by considering the likelihood of...

Euthanasia: the legal issues

16 May 2007

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

The legal status of euthanasia is frequently deliberated. It remains unlawful in Britain and advocates for a change in the law are vigorously opposed by those who...

‘Are we covered to do this?’ The legal implications of expanding practice

01 October 2003

Paediatric Nursing


In response to continuous evolution of roles and relocation of professional boundaries, many nurses ask, ‘Are we covered to do this?’ This question refers to the...