Developing Your Career in Nursing by Desmond Cormack (auth.), Desmond F. S. Cormack RGN, RMN, DIP

By Desmond Cormack (auth.), Desmond F. S. Cormack RGN, RMN, DIP ED, DIP NURS, MPHIL, PHD (eds.)

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Registered nurses are accountable in law for their actions, to the UKCC, to the consumers of nursing services, and to society generally. Such accountability applies equally to nurse clinicians, managers, teachers and researchers (Chapter 5). If requested to account for her actions, and found wanting, one of a range of sanctions may be applied, including the possible removal from the Register of the name of the nurse concerned. However, in order to ensure that nurses have the skill, knowledge and resources to comply with the code of professional conduct, the code can be used to draw attention to any of a range of inadequacies which inhibit compliance, and to enable the nurse to refuse to undertake any activity for which she has not been trained.

M. (1983) Nursing Ethics, Churchill Livingstone; Edinburgh. Chapter 3 Individual professional assertiveness DESMOND CORMACK The focus of this chapter is on the concept of individual assertiveness, with some reference being made to aggression in its positive form. The latter term is, unfortunately, largely used in its negative form in the nursing literature in that it is usually used interchangeably with the term 'hostility'. In an attempt to clarify the meaning of these terms, Collins English Dictionary (1985) defines 'Assert .

This definition applies to that which is exercised in an organization such as nursing, with 'senior' clinicians or managers, controlling, judging or inhibiting the actions of others (subordinate) staff. The type of authority is also referred to as 'structural authority'. Another form of authority (professional authority) is that which has been referred to by the Committee on Senior Nursing Staff Structure (1966) as 'sapiential authority' which they defined as: ' ... the right, vested in a person, to be heard by reason of expertness or knowledge - just as one person, relative to another may be an "authority" on a particular subject' (p.

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