Ms B and legal competence: interprofessional collaboration and nurse autonomy

Authors

  • Benny Goodman

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      *B Goodman, Faculty of Health and Social Work, University of Plymouth, Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, Truro TRI 3HD, UK
      E-mail:b.goodman-1@plymouth.ac.uk
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  • Author: B Goodman, BSc, MSc, FETC, Cert Ed, PGDE, RGN, RNT, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Work, University of Plymouth, Pool, Cornwall, UK

*B Goodman, Faculty of Health and Social Work, University of Plymouth, Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, Truro TRI 3HD, UK
E-mail:b.goodman-1@plymouth.ac.uk

Summary

• Ms B's wish for withdrawal of treatment was refused

• The nurses’ role and autonomy in the decision-making is unclear

• Historically, tensions have existed in the doctor–nurse relationship

• Interprofessional collaboration is encouraged in order to facilitate team working

• Evidence is lacking that this is working and suggests continuing problems

• Legal and ethical education needs emphasizing in order to ensure respect for patient autonomy

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