Accountable Practitioner - Consent; and Application to Practice - Dementia and ability to give informed consent.

Essay by debz69University, Bachelor'sB, February 2010

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Caulfield's (2005) Four Pillars of Accountability provides a good overview of the elements that need to be addressed in relation to the professional role. This assignment will look at three of the pillars: relevant legal, ethical and professional issues that impact on the role of a nurse. Other areas that can inform professional judgement and decision-making practice include clinical guidance from the Department of Health (DoH), the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), alongside information from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the General Medical Council (GMC). All of these have been looked at by my group throughout the module and will be considered when forming this essay.

This assignment will discuss my leaning throughout the module and analyse my development as an accountable practitioner. I will also discuss the accountability of student nurses and reflect on my branch of nursing which is Mental Health. Towards the end of my assignment I will write a critical incident report which will reflect on an event which happened on a past placement regarding my chosen topic.

Hendrick (2004) interprets accountability to be about justifying your actions, omissions and decisions. And in order to be accountable you must have the necessary knowledge to explain the motives behind your action (Dimond, 2005).

In the School of Nursing, this module has looked at the scenarios of Pamela and Eddie. From the Pamela scenario our group queried her ability to give consent when she was in a confused and agitated state. Even though consent may have been gained prior to the original operation date some changes were discussed in the scenario and therefore I believe these changes should have been discussed with Pamela and further consent should have been gained. So the concern that I have raised I have decided to base my...