Poor care and the professional duty of the registered nurse

Clair Gamble (Lead / Corresponding author), Robin Ion

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    Concerns have been raised in recent years about standards of care in the UK. Notable failures have been identified in the care of vulnerable older adults. This article identifies and discusses some logical steps which might be taken to minimise the risk of individual and systemic care failure in settings for older adults. These steps include frank discussion about ageism to promote empowerment and respect for older people; ensuring robust policies are in place that support and encourage the reporting of poor care; and ensuring that registered practitioners are aware of their accountability for their actions and also their omissions should they witness poor care. In addition to reducing the risk of poor care, these steps could contribute to having a more confident, competent and empowered workforce.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)20-24
    Number of pages5
    JournalNursing Older People
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2017


    • Journal article
    • Attitudes
    • Older people
    • Poor care
    • Professional accountability
    • Raising concerns
    • Whistle blowing


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