Ms. B and legal competence: interprofessional collaboration and nurse autonomy

Nurs Crit Care. Nov-Dec 2004;9(6):271-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1362-1017.2004.00086.x.

Abstract

--Ms. B's wish for withdrawal of treatment was refused. --The nurses' role and autonomy in the decision-making is unclear. --Historically, tensions have existed in the doctor-nurse relationship. --Interprofessional collaboration is encouraged in order to facilitate team working. --Evidence is lacking that this is working and suggests continuing problems. --Legal and ethical education needs emphasizing in order to ensure respect for patient autonomy.

Publication types

  • Legal Case
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Critical Care / ethics
  • Critical Care / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Decision Making / ethics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Living Wills / ethics
  • Living Wills / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Nurse's Role* / psychology
  • Physician-Nurse Relations*
  • Professional Autonomy*
  • Professional Competence / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Professional Competence / standards
  • Quadriplegia / psychology
  • Quadriplegia / therapy
  • United Kingdom
  • Withholding Treatment / ethics
  • Withholding Treatment / legislation & jurisprudence*