The Right to Refuse vs Professional Recognition of Risk
CPD Hours / Duration
1 hour/s
Depends on Membership level

The Right to Refuse vs Professional Recognition of Risk

Presenter Dr Pam Savage, Nurse Education Specialist - The Nurses for Nurses Network

Pam has an extensive background in clinical nursing, education, and remote area Nursing both in Australia and overseas.

As a Lawyer and Clinician this background is brought to her role as adjunct Lecturer to undergraduate and post graduate students as well as Aboriginal Health Workers.

Pam is a Barrister at Bar (NSW) and a published author and her book “Law for Student Nurses: applied principles” is now in its third edition.

Course Content

While we understand the absolute need for client consent, faced with a refusal to consent we experience anxiety. 

When we know there are risks and consequences for refusing yet are required to continue to care and have a duty to protect the client the dilemma becomes clear. 

The ethical and legal considerations for the client may not lessen our own anxiety given our knowledge that there are increased risks in providing our care.

Target Audience

Learning Outcomes

In this session you will:

  • Explore issues of consent and refusal to consent
  • Consider the elements of negligence in relation to risk
  • Acknowledge the dilemmas created by patient refusal
  • Discuss strategies to balance patient rights and professional obligations