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A clinical dilemma: Did I do the right thing?

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Where does nurse autonomy end and the need to follow orders begin? Is there a "gray zone" that permits nurses — especially those who work independently — to use their professional judgment yet remain within the legal scope of nursing practice? How do we know, as nurses, whether we've made the right decision when faced with something unexpected and our actions don't quite match the "orders"? Is it enough to want to do what we believe is best for the patient? more

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