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Confidentiality: the legal issues

02 September 2011

Nursing Children and Young People


In children’s nursing confidentiality is a principle that combines legal obligations and ethical standards. This article outlines how this principle applies to...

Accepting or refusing gifts: a legal commentary

01 June 2011

Nursing Children and Young People


It is common for children, parents and carers to express their gratitude by offering nurses a gift of some sort. The Nursing and Midwifery Council makes it clear,...

Understanding the NMC code of conduct: a student perspective

31 August 2011

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

The Code, published by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2008), provides standards of performance and ethics for nurses and midwives, and is a means of...

Genetics: examining your competency of practice on a regular basis

04 December 2013

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This is the seventh article in a series examining how nurses can develop confidence and competence in genetics and genomics health care. This article focuses on...

A legal commentary on negligence

02 February 2011

Paediatric Nursing


There is anecdotal evidence that a claim in negligence, or ‘negligence’ for short, is something that many nurses are fearful of and they worry that parents will sue...

Supporting children's nurses through Nursing and Midwifery Council revalidation

Nursing Children and Young People

evidence & practice

Abstract In April 2016 the Nursing and Midwifery Council introduced revalidation for all nurses and midwives. It was designed to demonstrate a registrant's ability...

The ethical divide

01 October 2005

Nursing Standard

General article

Ethics is an area of growing interest in nursing and is a compulsory part of nurse education. Yet record numbers of nurses are being removed from the register and...

On the right path

14 June 2011

Nursing Standard

Genral article

The RCN has re-formed its ethics committee to help nurses deal with the moral dilemmas that they face in their day-to-day practice.

Bound to care

26 September 2006

Nursing Standard


Healthcare practitioners must be better educated in the legal and ethical principles underpinning the delivery of health care.

Held to account

23 January 2007

Nursing Standard


Representatives of two nursing organisations offer a summary of nurses’ legal position in relation to unsafe staffing levels.