General description of the work Nurses undertake

Nurses deal with the care and management of patients in hospital, in nursing homes and in the community. They work alongside doctors and they deal with wound dressings, wound care, leg ulcers, infections, medication, injections and general procedures on the hospital wards.

Most common clinical areas / procedures leading to a claim of clinical negligence

  • Patient having a fall or other injury while under nursing care, either in hospital or in a residential or nursing home
  • Problems with bandaging and other procedures carried out by nurses
  • Medication dispensing errors by nurses

Sub–Specialities / Alternative and Additional job titles

Many Nurses have clinical areas of specialisation. They may work exclusively in Psychiatric care in the community and be known as a Community Psychiatric Nurses (CPNs). They may work exclusively with children and be known as Paediatric Nurses.
Some Nurses work in one particular disease area such as diabetes or cardiology and may be known as a Diabetes Nurse or as a Cardiology Nurse.

Usual Qualifications

Nurses will usually have RGN (Registered General Nurse) after their name. They may have additional diplomas and qualifications depending on their area of specialisation.

The Nursing Expert may hold a Lectureship or Professorship in Nursing.