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Respect your patients even when you disagree with them

​Nurses have a duty to put their personal views to one side. Here are some strategies to cope when you find yourself judging a patient or situation. 
Keeping calm

Nurses have a duty to put their personal views to one side. Here are some strategies to cope when you find yourself judging a patient or situation

While you may choose to share your views with friends, family and strangers – increasingly on social media these days – as a nurse you have a professional duty to put them to one side.

Taking time out to reflect on your thoughts and actions can help in difficult situations. Image: Getty

The NMC Code says you must avoid making assumptions, recognise diversity and individual choice, and refrain from expressing your personal beliefs in an inappropriate way. Here we explore ways to cope when you are working with colleagues, patients or even organisations who have opposing views to your own.

Dignity, respect, fairness

We all have our unique set of values and beliefs, values representing what is


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