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Understanding our Duty of Care
Presenter Dr Pam Savage, Nurse Education Consultant
- The Nursing CPD Institute
Dr Pam Savage, R.N., Dip N (Lon), BA, MHPEd, Dip Law, EdDoc, MACN
Pam has an extensive background in clinical Nursing, education, and remote area Nursing both in Australia and overseas.
As a Lawyer and Clinician, this background is brought to her role as adjunct Lecturer to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as Aboriginal Health Workers.
Pam is a Barrister at Bar (NSW) and a published author and her book “Law for Student Nurses: applied principles” is now in its third edition.
A major focus of her current work has been designing undergraduate and postgraduate law courses for Nurses and community health workers. As a regular contributor to the Nursing CPD Institute, her blogs and webinars address issues of professional and legal governance that have relevance to Nurses working in many environments.
Nurses recognise and accept we have a duty of care. The term is often used to identify perceived failures and skill deficits but there are risks to claiming a colleague has failed their duty.
Knowing how the law determines what is and where a duty of care lies and the common failures that have led to cases claiming negligence due to a failure to satisfy our duty helps us analyse situations and take steps that will ensure that our duty is fulfilled.
In this session you will:
- Relate the legal concept of duty to practice.
- Recognise situations where there is an actual or potential failure of duty.
- Understand the rules governing legal and professional delegation of duty.
- Discuss the professional standards that impose duty of care