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Duty to provide care

Nurses have a duty to provide safe, competent and ethical care to their clients.

​​Nurses have a duty to provide safe, competent and ethical care to their clients. The Practice Standard Duty to Provide Care sets out requirements for nurses' practice.

A client’s right to safe, competent and ethical care is of paramount importance. In some situations, however, your individual rights and values may conflict with the client’s right to receive care. Ethical dilemmas arise most often in situations of:

  • Unreasonable burden
  • Personal danger
  • Concerns about individual competence
  • Conscientious objection

Use an ethical decision-making  framework such as the one included in the Duty to Provide Care Practice Standard, to help you determine the most appropriate course of action.

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