The Extended Role of the Nurse: The United Kingdom Perspective

Sian Jones, Kevin Davies

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-198
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical Practice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • code of practice
  • legal
  • nurse education
  • nurse role


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