What is meant by ‘duty of care’ in the case of a Veterinary Nurse?
- 12 Apr 2014 by Hayloey
- 13 April 2014
Ah, you're British ~ bear with me! *Duty of Care* is a legal term which very simply means you are obligated by law to render services to the extent of your training, within an accepted Code of Conduct, and to maintain and exercise your competancy.
For a Veterinary Technician/Nurse this includes providing clean, dry housing, feeding, exercise, providing first aid care, monitoring and recording vital signs, inserting catheters/cannulas and maintaining IV drips, assisting at surgery and administering medications under doctor's orders.
In a larger clinic/surgery housekeeping duties are usually relegated to auxiliary staff members leaving the Nurses free to work directly with the doctor.
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