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Privacy: what does it mean for children’s nurses?

01 June 2005

Paediatric Nursing


Children and young people have a right to privacy and respect. However, conflict can arise, particularly in relation to family life, which cannot be side-stepped by...

Laws of humanity

27 October 2009

Nursing Standard


The Human Rights Act should underpin everything nurses do in caring for patients. The topic is the subject of an RCN conference to be held in London on October 26.

Taking a human rights-based approach to services

01 November 2010

Mental Health Practice


This article considers the narrow way in which mental health services usually interpret their human rights obligations under the Human Rights Act 2000. It argues...

Human rights-based care for older people

23 July 2010

Nursing Management


Care for older people is often presented in the media as unfair and disrespectful, wherein older people do not receive equality of autonomy, dignity and treatment....

Patient participation in public elections: a literature review

01 March 2011

Nursing Management


Healthcare organisations and nurse leaders have an important role in promoting patients’ right to vote, through the development of policy guidelines, integrated...

Addressing issues related to adult patients who lack the capacity to give consent

16 February 2005

Nursing Standard


Capacity to consent is an area of practice that raises many ethical issues. The assessment by practitioners requires a flexible and creative approach. The Mental...

Withdrawal of treatment from critically ill children: legal and ethical issues

04 September 2019

Nursing Children and Young People


Withdrawal of treatment from critically ill children is a contentious and ethically difficult area. The principle of best interests was central to three recent...

Winterbourne View hospital and the social psychology of abuse

26 November 2014

Learning Disability Practice

Art & Science

The abuse of adults with learning disabilities at Winterbourne View by staff with no previous record of misconduct can be compared with the results of the 1971...

The nurse’s role as specialist practitioner and social activist

08 December 2011

Learning Disability Practice


This article explores the rights-based agenda for social action by intellectual disability nurses working alongside people with intellectual disabilities in Ireland....

The implications of adopting a human rights approach to recovery in practice

09 May 2014

Mental Health Practice

Art & Science

This article proposes a human rights-based definition of recovery in response to the differing interpretations of the concept among professionals and people using...