A Good Samaritan nurse can be a lifesaver – literally, but before stepping in, make sure to weigh the risks
The legal and professional implications for nurses who go to the aid of people away from their workplace
- Nurses have a duty to help under the NMC code but there’s no legal obligation
- Even so, you must act within the limits of your knowledge and competence only
- Always take account of the safety of others – and never put yourself in danger
Delivering a baby in a hospital car park, tending to a man having a cardiac arrest at the roadside, the first-year nursing student saving a child’s life while on holiday – just some examples of off-duty nurses springing into action in emergency situations covered by Nursing Standard over the past year.
Here we look back at some of...
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