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Legal advice: What are the implications for nurses who provide first aid outside of the work environment?

Although the UK does not have a Good Samaritan law requiring passers-by to provide first aid, nurses have a professional and ethical duty to give help within their level of competence

Although the UK does not have a Good Samaritan law requiring passers-by to provide first aid, nurses have a professional and ethical duty to give help within their level of competence

Providing first aid outside of your work situation can be seen as a Good Samaritan act. But unlike some other countries, including Finland and Germany, the UK does not have a Good Samaritan law that requires someone to come to the aid of another, unless there is a pre-existing duty or they created the situation.

This means that a nurse has no legal duty to provide first aid to a member of the public outside the work situation and environment.

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