The essay "Professional Code of Conduct NMC" overviews the event from the clinical placement at a mental health elderly assessment unit and discusses how it is required a person to demonstrate professional code of conduct as per Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). These practices all have set guidelines and procedures by relevant bodies that require adherence to ensure professionalism. These guidelines and procedures are called professional code of conduct. Failure to comply with them may cause severe disciplinary actions like withdrawal of practice certificate.
The mental health elderly assessment unit is a very sensitive section since it involves old people who are also mentally unstable. Being in this unit, I did receive a patient who was elderly, seventy-five years old, and he was very violent due to mental instability. Laboratory report indicated that this patient was suffering from hemorrhage due to severe nose bleeding and he needed an urgent blood transfusion. The patient and the relatives who brought him to the clinic were strong believers of Jehovah witness and they strongly opposed blood transfusion. This scenario led to a dilemma on whether to respect their religious beliefs and rights or to do the transfusion and save a life. I needed to be guided by a professional code of conduct as documented by NMC to discharge my duties accordingly. In this situation, the first instance that required the demonstration of a professional code of conduct was the fact that, the patient was
lent, due to mental illness, it was difficult to accord him clinical care but because of professionalism, I had to find a way of approaching him gently and using sedatives on him for management. All these procedures must be done in a humane manner to enhance professionalism in clinical care. Though people suffering from mental illness are difficult to handle due to their low understanding of the environment, as a nurse you must brace yourself and face the challenges in a manner that upholds the dignity of the patients. Being mentally sick does not make him a lesser human being or an animal and must be offered quality care and medication. Another area that required the demonstration of professional code of conduct NMC (2008) is the fact that this client could not be entrusted with making sound decisions as pertains to blood transfusion due to his mental infirmity. The relatives who were supposed to make the critical decision were adamant and very serious about adhering to their religious belief, that blood transfusion is sin. According to Elaine (2004, p. 255), some patients are very particular with their religious beliefs and never want to associate with anything that negates them. The NMC (2008), states that “you must gain consent before you begin any treatment.” Even though these people are deeply rooted in their religious beliefs, it was critical that consent be sought for the treatment to ensure that life is saved. The NMC (2008) further gives the patient a right to accept or reject treatment and care and as a training nurse I am obligated to respect their choice as required by the code of conduct. As much as I must respect the rights and values of patients, I also understand that the life of the patient is in a critical condition and requires speedy action. I