The Principles Of Nursing Practice

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This essay will discuss the Principles of Nursing Practice with particular reference to Principle D. The professional, legal and ethical frameworks that guide Principle D will also be considered. The essay will relate this content to what I have read and experienced in practice. Firstly, it will give an overview of the Principles of Nursing Practice with a definition of Principle D. The essay will then explain how I witnessed Principle D being achieved in my nursing practice focussing on two patients, Mrs Kay and Patrick. To make sure I did not breach the NMC’s Code of Conduct (2015), I have used pseudonyms instead of using patients’ real names. I also informed Mrs Kay of this assignment and obtained consent to use her example in my essay. The Principles of Nursing Practice were issued by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in 2010, eight months following the first Francis Inquiry into poor quality care in the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. The principles identify and characterise the essential nursing behaviour and competencies which make safe and effective nursing care achievable. Eight Principles are prioritised. The Principles serve not only as a model for nurses to abide by in their daily practice but as a Charter for patients, their families and carers to help them judge the standard of care received. Similarly, in March 2015, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) published a Code (updated from 2008 version) on the Professional and Personal Standards which
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