Nurses and midwives are responsible for providing safe, competent, and ethical care to clients in keeping with BCCNM's standards of practice, relevant legislation, and workplace policies, where applicable.
If you find yourself working with limited resources, provide the best care possible under the circumstances. Here are some suggestions to help with your decision making.
Identify client care needs requiring immediate attention and discuss how to meet these needs with colleagues.
Prioritize activities that are urgent. Modify clients' plans of care and/or delivery of care as needed.
If applicable, decide if your supervisor needs to be informed immediately about the situation. If so, clarify roles and responsibilities for resolving the situation.
Inform clients, as appropriate, about changes in their plans of care and provide clear information about the care or services they can expect. For clients in the community, ensure they are aware of what to do or who to contact if their situation changes.
Communicate any changes in client conditions as needed with other team members.
Where applicable, work with your supervisor to resolve the situation by proposing solutions that promote safe, ethical, and competent care.
Document all the care provided to clients according to standards and workplace policies as applicable.
Where applicable, document concerns about the situation and provide a copy to your supervisor as per workplace process.
If you're a facing an ethical dilemma, review the Duty to Provide Care practice standard.
As a nurse or midwife, you may face problems that impact your practice. The Resolving Professional Practice Problems resource can guide you in addressing problems that cannot be resolved at the individual level.
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