Choosing to become a nurse is an admirable thing. With that said, however, nursing comes with its own challenges and responsibilities.
Many people are not aware, for example, that nurses have what is referred to as a “higher standard of care” by which they must abide due to the close nature in which they work with patients.
In line with this standard of care, for example, nurses can never abandon a patient for any reason. In fact, if they must cease treatment of a patient, they are always required to find a suitable and similarly capable replacement before they can cease care.
Nurses are also required to explain all possible paths of healing and help to patients that are available. And, though the nurse is held with this responsibility, nurses cannot alone determine the path of a patient’s health-care processes. They are, after all, not quite doctors though they are held to very similar standards. In fact, in some instances, the standards that a nurse must follow are even more strict than the standards of a doctor.
As such, any time that a nurse does not act ethically and within the best interests of the patient, especially if not doing so is based on some kind of personal bias toward the patient, the nurse could potentially face severe consequences.
Thus, if you are a nurse, it is in your best interest to familiarize yourself with and fully follow the “standard of care” set forth by your organization.
And, if you are, sadly, someone who feels you may have received unfair or even dangerous “treatment” at the hands of a nurse, it is wise to seek legal counsel to learn what can be done about your predicament.
Nurses may not be doctors, but, like these medical professionals, nurses can act in such a way that is not within the bounds of the law, and, if they do, you owe it to yourself to seek the proper legal assistance.