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G Ital Nefrol. 2007 Sep-Oct;24 Suppl 38:62-7.

[Professional and legal responsibilities of nurses].

[Article in Italian]

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  • 1Studio Legale Associato Claudio Arria e c, Mantova, Italy.


The responsibility of nursing personnel is characterized by civil, criminal law, and disciplinary aspects. The causal relationship between a certain behavior and the resulting harmful event and the methodology of assessment of events as rationally foreseeable -- case by case and not only in statistical terms -- are elements to be taken into account. The question of nursing responsibility must be placed in the context of the competence and autonomy of the nurse in the nurse-patient alliance and in the context of nurses' professional and educational profiles. The relationship between doctor and nurse and nurse and medical social worker in the diagnostic and curative course are elements for reflection.

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