Duty of Care

Definition

A duty of care is the legal obligation to provide reasonable care while performing any acts or making omissions that could foreseeable harm others. (NSW Department of Education &Training Code of Conduct. 2015)
In the health care system, a duty of care for clients depending on staff for treatment makes ensuring that safety vital.

Nurses treat personal information obtained in a professional capacity as private and confidential.

Top 5 things to remember

1) Duty of Care is to ensure the safety of patients, students and employees

2) You don't have duty of care to your employer

3) Aspects of Duty of Care: Legal, Professional, Organisation, Community and Personal

4) the interconnected duty of care: Employer duty of care to patients, employer duty of care to staff, staff duty of care to patients and staff duty of care to themselves

5) designed to ensure the safety in work environments