Reflective practice

How to practise effectively

What is effective care? In the latest part of our series on the NMC Code, we explain what it means and how it works

What is effective care? In the latest part of our series on the NMC Code, we explain what it means and how it works.

Abstract

Referring to the Nursing and Midwifery Council Code’s second theme – practise effectively; think what effective nursing care means to you and how this has an impact on the essence of quality care.

Now consider how a patient would describe effective care. You may be surprised at the differences. While healthcare staff often focus on clinical outcomes, patients put greater emphasis on respect, dignity and open communication.

It is an example of how all four parts of the Code come together. Your job as a nurse is to provide care that is clinically effective and which is perceived as effective by the patient.

As a student you are not professionally accountable, but you are responsible for your learning, especially on clinical placements. It is vital that you are reflective and ask yourself if you are delivering safe, effective care which is in the best interest of your patients.

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This article was first published in print in Nursing Standard: volume 30, issue 38

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