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When nurses challenge clinical decisions: how to raise concerns

Nurses may find it difficult to question senior colleagues about patient care decisions. Find out how to speak out and get support, and why it matters

Nurses may find it difficult to question senior colleagues about patient care decisions. Find out how to speak out and get support, and why it matters

  • The Code is clear that registrants must raise and, if necessary, escalate any concerns about patient safety, but this is often not easy
  • Nurses may feel reluctant to challenge more senior colleagues, or may find their concerns are dismissed by doctors or other professionals due to workplace hierarchies
  • What to do if you have concerns about a clinical decision, including how to ask questions and escalate without confrontation

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