The Core Responsibility Of Nurses

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Case Study #2 (10 marks) You have serious concerns that a colleague is delivering poor patient care because of problems with chemical dependency. 1. Describe your responsibility and course of action. (4= 1page) The core responsibility of nurses is to protect our client from harm, and to provide safe and ethical care to the clients, their families, and the public (CNA, 2008, 2009; CNO, 2009, 2014a). And because nursing is a self-regulated profession, it is also nurses’ responsibility to monitor, evaluate, and intervene our professional activity, to improve knowledge and skills by planning by themselves or by supporting each other, to report an incident and/or the individual to the authorities if required to protect the public, and to adhere to laws and regulations (CNA, 2008, 2009; CNO, 2009, 2012, 2014a). Therefore, the individual nurse whose professional nursing care and judgment are compromised due to substance abuse has an obligation to address her problems to her manager or colleagues and to refrain from care to protect the patients (CNA, 2009; CNO, 2012, 2014a). In addition, the Standard of ethic (CNO, 2009) and the Code of ethics for registered nurses (CNA, 2008) list a maintenance of ethical environment and relationships with other nurses or members of allied health team as a part of responsibilities of a nurse. As mentioned in the Code of ethics for registered nurses (CNA, 2008), a course of action as a colleague of a nurse who is incapable of practicing ethical standard nursing care starts from the protection of the clients from immediate harm or danger. Removing the nurse from the scene and providing standard ethical care for the patients on behalf of the colleague might be one of the steps. When harm is not immine... ... middle of paper ... ...has a legal obligation to comply with the college 's investigation (CNO, 2012, 2014a; Laurentian University, n.d). If the nurse is found guilty of professional misconduct, she may be reprimanded, required to pay a fine, and/or suspended from practice (CNO, 2012). The committee has the authority to revoke the nurse’s registration if the case is the most serious (CNO, 2012). If the nurse is found to be incapacitated due to chemical dependency or any other medical conditions, she will be required to receive medical treatment or rehabilitation before returning to work (CNO, 2012). Although CNA (2009) recommends the employers to be supportive by facilitating treatment, rehabilitation, and workplace re-entry, no actual legal regulation was found. Upon returning to work, the nurse will have the restriction of nursing practice and close ongoing monitoring (CNO, 2012).
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