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Nurses as chaperones: legal obligations and implications

Paul Marinaccio-Joseph

Nursing Times, Volume: 115, Issue: 7, Pages: 18 - 21

Swansea University Author: Paul Marinaccio-Joseph

Abstract

When a doctor undertakes intimate examinations on a patient, it is notunusual for a nurse to be asked to attend as a chaperone. What exactly does thisentail? There are several legal requirements attached to the role, for which a nursemay end up being involved in litigation and court proceedings. Nur...

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Published in: Nursing Times
ISSN: 0954-7762
Published: Nursing Times 2019
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Abstract: When a doctor undertakes intimate examinations on a patient, it is notunusual for a nurse to be asked to attend as a chaperone. What exactly does thisentail? There are several legal requirements attached to the role, for which a nursemay end up being involved in litigation and court proceedings. Nurses need to beaware of what can be expected of a chaperone in the eyes of the law, so they knownot only how to protect patients, but also how to protect themselves. However, onething is clear, in case of litigation, a chaperone cannot ‘side’ with the healthprofessional against whom allegations of misconduct are being made.
Keywords: Chaproning in intimate examinations
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Issue: 7
Start Page: 18
End Page: 21