In this Ausmed Education mandatory module, explore the topic of what constitutes a duty, focusing on how this duty may be breached and the resulting consequences. The expectation is that you will develop a clear understanding of your legal and professional accountabilities as you fulfil your responsibility in the provision of patient care. You will also review what standards of care are reasonably expected by healthcare providers and what consequences may occur should these standards not be met.
- Be clear about the extent of your duty of care.
- Understand the reasonable standard of practice expectation in your health setting.
- Recognise the consequences of not providing sufficient duty of care.
Nurses and all staff who work in healthcare.
Validation of learning:
- Evidence that you have read relevant legislation and standards relating to your work.
- Evidence you have reviewed the policies and procedures in your workplace.
- A written summary of a journal article or book chapter you have recently read relating to your duty of care.
This material was developed by the content expert listed below. It is presented by a professional presenter.
Dr Linda Starr is a general and mental health qualified nurse, lawyer, and associate professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Flinders University. Her research interests have been in health law for health practitioners, criminal law, forensic health care, and elder abuse investigation and prosecution, which was the subject of her PhD. Linda is currently the chair of the state board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board, Australia, the director on the Board of Directors at the Aged Rights Advocacy Service, and is the founding president of the Australian Forensic Nurses Association. She has an extensive speaking record, nationally and internationally, on issues in health law, forensic nursing, and elder abuse.