Nurses vs Doctors

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For the purpose of this essay the author will be comparing and contrasting the regulations between Nurses and Doctors. The author researched both of these professions to help write this essay. The author will include points discussing the registration and education of each profession, the continuous professional development that nurses and doctors take part in, ethical issues and professional boundaries within the health care setting. Also accountability and responsibility will be discussed along with knowing limits and referral to other practitioners when appropriate. The author will then conclude and discuss each profession contrast them.

The author researched the education into becoming a nurse and found that to enter university an individual must have 3 Highers or HNC equivalent. An Adult Nursing course at university would last 3 years with the option to further your studies. These 3 years would entitle a successful learner to register as a Nurse in the Nursing and Midwifery council. To remain registered on the Nursing and Midwifery council it costs £76 a year. This registration is essential to remain practising as a nurse. On the other hand becoming a doctor requires many years of training. Education into becoming a Doctor starts with a course of 5 years called a medical degree. On completion of this course an individual training to become a doctor would be in a foundation 1 programme which gains full registration on the NMC. Then the individual can progress onto foundation 2 programme to show their competence in working alone. On successful completion of foundation training doctors can continue to train in specialist areas of medicine, which could last 3 – 10 years. To remain on the GMC to keep practicing as a Doctor, costs £470 a year. Principles for nurses would include things such as confidentiality, trustworthy, courage and a duty to report. These are important for a nursing profession as nurses are in contact with patients all the time and have to keep a professional relationship with all patients. With Doctors According to the GMC Code of Conduct (2010) ‘In performing their duties, members uphold the seven principles identified by the Nolan Committee in its first report on standards in public life in May 1995 (the Nolan principles) These seven principles include selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. Codes of conduct were introduced by the Nursing and Midwifery council to safeguard all nurses and midwife working in the UK. The Code makes sure all nurses and midwifes give out equal and positive care to all patients. Nursing and Midwifery Council (2008) states a Nurse must ‘treat people as individuals’ and ‘Respect people’s confidentiality’. The code is very important in nursing and sets out guidelines which any practising nurse must comply with. Nursing and Midwifery Council (2008) ‘You must keep your knowledge and skills up to date throughout your working life’. Codes of Conduct were also set up for Doctors to follow under their governing body the General Medical Council (GMC). A specific code ‘Members have a duty to lead by example, always demonstrating respect and dignity for others; valuing diversity and conducting themselves in a non-discriminatory manner at all times’. ‘The continuing professional development of the registered nurse is a joint responsibility between the nurse and the employer’. All nurses must keep up to date with skills and training. All nursing staff now must have their own personal development plan which they record all courses and training they have undertaken to say on the professional register. As with nurses Doctors also have to keep up to date with training under their Continuing professional development. Clinical Governance is how all health services are held accountable for the effectiveness, quality and safety of care delivered to patients. This is a requirement of NHS health boards. Clinical governance reduces the risk to...
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