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Balancing Acts for Nurses: Restraint and Confidentiality Issues for Children
CPD Hours / Duration
1 hour/s
Depends on Membership level

Balancing Acts for Nurses: Restraint and Confidentiality Issues for Children

Presenter Dr Pam Savage, Nurse Education Specialist

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.

Course Content

Most nurses see restraint use as the only way to protect a client who is a danger to themselves or to others.  Yet all of us are aware that there are dangers and risks to the patient and those who implement restraints.  

The law is clear for mental health providers but emergency and aged care nurses regularly face situations that need to be carefully managed to avoid physical or chemical injuries to clients and conflicts for staff.  

Choosing whether to inform a young person’s parents about their medical situations is a dilemma for many nurses working with adolescents particularly.  Understanding the law and the rights of the child can give direction and support for decisions and promote positive health decisions for younger clients.


Target Audience

Learning Outcomes

In this session you will:

  • Explore the issue of restraint in Children
  • Gain an understanding of the law and the rights of the child
  • Investigate confidentiality and the adolescent 
  • Reflect on the legal implications for your own practice
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