oa Professional Nursing Today - Record keeping : self-reported attitudes, knowledge and practice behaviours of nurses in selected Cape Town hospitals : original research



South African law holds nurses accountable for their acts and omissions and all documentation pertaining to patient care may serve as evidence in a court of law or at South African Nursing Council (SANC) hearings. Documentation can confirm or refute negligence and therefore should be an accurate and current reflection of what happened to the patient, particularly as litigation often arises long after care was rendered.


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