Legal Issues Relating to Nursing

John Tingle (Contributor)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


There are legal implications attached to every nursing activity from the making a cup of tea for the patient, to the application of plaster-of-Paris. Today’s nurse practices in a much more legalistic working environment than previously. A number of factors are attributable for this including:
1.A new ‘patient consumerism’ is evident;
2.Patients are more aware of their rights and appear less deferential;
3.Record court damages of over £1 million for medical negligence injuries have been awarded bringing intense publicity to medical negligence issues;
4.The number of successful medical negligence claims against doctors has risen. Subsequently doctors’ subscriptions to their defence societies showed in 1988 an 87% increase;
5.Chronic under-staffing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeveloping Your Career in Nursing
EditorsDesmond Cormack
ISBN (Print)ISBN-10: 0412321300
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1990


  • Law
  • Accountability
  • Rights


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