Nmc Core Principles (2008)

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council is the regulatory body for nurses and midwives, ensuring that the skills and knowledge they possess are up to date and that they are safe to practice. One of its primary roles is to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the public, whilst overseeing professional misconduct. In this essay I will identify a core principle from the NMC (2008) and investigate how this may affect professional practice. One core principle of the NMC (2008) states that healthcare professionals must keep clear and accurate records. This core principle also relates to any discussions, assessments, treatments and medicines that are given and the patients records should be completed and updated as soon as an event has occurred. The Data Protection Act (1998) also addresses that information held about a patient for health reasons should be fairly and lawfully processed, accurate and secure. The recent Francis Report (2013) discovered the inadequacies in record keeping at Mid Staffordshire NHS and discovered that a number of deficiencies were occurring too frequently. The inquiry found inaccuracies in the recordings of patient's deaths, authors who had inputted information on records were not clearly identifiable and limited background information was recorded about a patients history, condition or social history. As a result a review of note keeping amongst healthcare staff is to be carried out. To understand the importance of good record keeping, a report published by The Daily Mail (2012), highlights the need for good record keeping so that mistakes can be avoided. During a shift at Sussex Orthopedic NHS, registered nurse Mr Nsengiyaremye, failed to carry out and record hourly observations on an elderly patient recovering from a hip operation. The inquiry found that Mr Nsengiyaremeye had ignored his patient for several hours, whilst she

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