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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...

Professional indemnity and its importance: a legal overview

04 July 2011

Nursing Children and Young People


The purpose of this article is to highlight the importance of professional indemnity to protect an individual’s healthcare practice. Healthcare professionals should...

Liability and collaborative working

03 May 2011

Nursing Children and Young People


Team working is the basis of contemporary healthcare practice. For children and their parents, or carers, this does not pose a particular problem as long as team...

Saying sorry: the legal implications

02 March 2011

Paediatric Nursing


Anecdotal evidence suggests that nurses believe they should not say sorry when an adverse event or act of negligence has occurred in case they are sued or reported...

Legal responsibility and accountability

01 June 2010

Nursing Management


Shifting boundaries in healthcare roles have led to anxiety among some nurses about their legal responsibilities and accountabilities. This is partly because of a...

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.

Advanced preparation of insulin syringes for adults with diabetes

25 September 2015

Primary Health Care

Art & Science

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has launched an updated edition of its UK guidance for nurses entitled ‘Advanced preparation of insulin syringes for adult...

Understanding the standard of care required by nurses

23 March 2020

Nursing Standard

professional values

It is an established principle that nurses owe their patients a duty of care, which incorporates a legal, an ethical and a professional duty. However, they must also...