There has been considerable discussion and debate in the United Kingdom regarding the role and function of the nurse.This article outlines the main tenets of the debate, namely the extended/expanded role and function, and gives a briefoverview of the situation to date. Professional guidance from the United Kingdom Central Council for Nurses, Midwivesand Health Visitors is explored and the implications this has for the nurse in the exercise of accountability.The legal impli-cations of the nursing function in an expanded role capacity is discussed, in particular in relation to legal accountability,with reference to existing case law. Recommendations are made for the development of the expanded role.
|Journal||International Journal of Clinical Practice|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|
- code of practice
- nurse education
- nurse role