The nurse must be able to account for any decisions made.
And in order to be accountable you must have the necessary knowledge to explain the motives behind your action (Dimond, 2005).
In the School of Nursing, this module has looked at the scenarios of Pamela and Eddie.
But nurses are responsible for providing the treatments and are answerable to the patient, the NMC, the employer and the NHS.
The NMC (2008) Code of Professional Conduct gives advice on standards of practice and gives ethical guidance to nurses.
Secondly, it is the body, which can punish a nurse for professional misconduct.
It is outlined in the Code of Professional Conduct (NMC, 2008) that one of the overriding responsibilities of nurses is that they must obtain patients consent before treatment is given. Introduction Accountable Practitioner- Consent Caulfield's (2005) Four Pillars of Accountability provides a good overview of the elements that need to be addressed in relation to the professional role.This assignment will look at three of the pillars: relevant legal, ethical and professional issues that impact on the role of a nurse.So the concern that I have raised I have decided to base my assignment on the subject matter of consent.CONSENT It is a general legal, ethical and professional principle that valid consent must be obtained before starting any treatment or physical investigation, or providing personal care for a patient. Middle Although as a group (and class) we had many discussions around the different courts and which cases would be looked at in these courts, I am still not confident in this area and need to continue to educate myself about this.I will ensure that I keep up to date with relevant Accountable Practitioner policies to ensure my professional role as a nurse is never challenged when a complex situation may arise. The creation of new nursing support roles has blurred the boundaries of registered nurses’ roles and raises questions of accountability and delegation.Other areas that can inform professional judgement and decision-making practice include clinical guidance from the Department of Health (Do H), the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), alongside information from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the General Medical Council (GMC).All of these have been looked at by my group throughout the module and will be considered when forming this essay.The code outlines that the nurse must respect and support people's rights to accept or decline treatment and care (NMC, 2008).Patients may well be vulnerable and unable to protect their own interests, so by providing information and making the patient feel confident to make their own decisions will guarantee the professional role.