RCN Principles of Nursing Practice

RCN Key Nursing Principles Examples in end of life care
Dignity, equality, diversity and humanity Individualised holistic assessment of need including culture and reasonable adjustments made. Also consider the needs of the carer
Ethical integrity, legal integrity, accountability, responsibility Potential conflict within the family regarding management of nutritional needs when there is a decline in ability to swallow leading to choking
Safety of patients, visitors and staff, management of risk, clinical safety Risk assessment in caring for a person who is in hospital and wants to go home to die and lives alone
Advocacy, empowerment, patient-centred care, patient involvement Supporting a person with learning disabilities to die in their preferred place of care. Advanced care planning.
Communication, handling feedback, record keeping, reporting, monitoring Responding to a complaint about poor end of life care
Evidence-based, practice, technical skills, education, clinical reasoning The possible introduction of tele-health care in a rural setting
Multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working, co-ordination, and continuity of care Co-ordination of care in the community setting with a person with highly complex needs
Leadership, contributing to an open and responsive culture Nurses and nursing staff lead by example ensuring end of life care is given in a manner that is responsive to individual needs

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