Issues influencing nursing practice

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Consent has been a fundamental part of nursing practice dating back as far as Hippocrates in ancient Greece. The Hippocratic Oath is an ancient form of guideline, devised for those who chose to enter the medical profession. Here these guidelines show physician-patient conversation were key components in healthcare, along with ensuring patients were kept informed on issues related to their health and the importance of gaining consent during the delivery of care (Miles, 2009). This assignment will discuss what consent is, and its importance in the modern world in adult nursing practice. It will also consider the differences and/or issues that may be faced looking at consent from an adult branch of nursing practice compared to a children’s branch, including possible barriers relating to diversity. Consent is defined in the Oxford dictionary as, ‘Permission for something to happen or agreement to do something’ (Oxford Dictionary, 214). In nursing practice this definition is more detailed and is defined by NHS choices as, ‘The principle that a person must give their permission before they receive any type of medical treatment. Consent is required from a patient regardless of the type of treatment being undertaken, to an organ donation’ (Advanced Nursing Practice Toolkit, 2014). As is very clear in these two definitions, the principle is very similar, if something is going to happen, permission must be obtained. But as we link this to nursing practice the concept becomes far more detailed than and as definite as can be to ensure there can be no misinterpretation as to what is meant. In nursing practice any adult consenting to any treatment or procedure must be believed to be mentally capable of making a decision. Consent must be given i... ... middle of paper ... common in relation to consent as every patient is treated the same regardless of their culture, beliefs or religion and every patient has the same choice as whether or not to consent to any form of procedure/treatment. The only factor that could really cause any issues are language barriers but in main they are overcome with implied consent, or if any treatments or procedures are being planned then discussion with family members who will then interpret this information and fed back to the practitioner. In conclusion as shown in the two cases discussed, consent is one of, if not the most important consideration in nursing practice. Patients have an ethical and more importantly, legal right to the choice of the care they receive. As practitioners we have the duty to ensure we are fully aware and work in line with the principles of consent to ensure best practice.

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