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Watchful attention; custody; diligence; concern; caution; as opposed to Negligence or carelessness.

In the law of negligence, the standard of reasonable conduct determines the amount of care to be exercised in a situation. The care taken must be proportional to the apparent risk. As danger increases, commensurate caution must be observed.

Slight care is the care persons of ordinary prudence generally exercise in regard to their personal affairs of minimal importance.

Reasonable care, also known as ordinary care, is the degree of care, diligence, or precaution that may fairly, ordinarily, and properly be expected or required in consideration of the nature of the action, the subject matter, and the surrounding circumstances.

Great care is the degree of care that persons of ordinary prudence usually exercise with respect to their personal affairs of great importance.

Another type of care is that which a fiduciary—a person having a duty, created by his or her undertaking, to act primarily for another's benefit—exercises in regard to valuable possessions entrusted to him or her by another.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


n. in law, to be attentive, prudent and vigilant. Essentially, care (and careful) means that a person does everything he/she is supposed to do (to prevent an accident). It is the opposite of negligence (and negligent), which makes the responsible person liable for damages to persons injured. If a person "exercises care," a court cannot find him/her responsible for damages from an accident in which he/she is involved. (See: careless)

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The students were evaluated through observation of their presentations and then were required to take a test regarding the interventions and methods of end-of-life care. The highest score on the test was 100%; the lowest score was 82.5%.
Maryland is working toward a standardized form for individuals to specify their wishes for life-sustaining treatments and end-of-life care similar to the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) paradigm program in many states (Death with Dignity National Center, 2012).
The position statement on providing end-of-life care in the ICU developed by the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses (CACCN) (2011) reaffirms the quality indicators identified by Clarke et al.
"We only get one chance to get end-of-life care right for people who are dying, which is why commissioners must ensure high-quality end-of-life care and support is available for all those who need it, where and when they need it."
The mission of Madison-Deane Initiative is to transform end-of-life care through education, collaboration and inspiration.
* Implementation is defined as "Nurses advocate for the client and help implement the client's treatment and end-of-life care wishes" (p.
This guide describes the challenges such persons and families present to those providing end-of-life care and shows caregivers how to best negotiate these issues with clients and their families.
Previous research has shown that, historically, the education system for nurses has not adequately prepared them to provide best practices in end-of-life care.
The author's often subtle observations will interest scholars, researchers, and (especially) health care practitioners who deal with end-of-life care.
The report found that only 18% of nurses and 29% of doctors received pre-registration training in end-of-life care. In addition, there was a lack of prompt access in the community which lead to people being unnecessarily admitted to hospital, and limited NHS social care support services meant that people died in hospital when the majority preferred not to.
However, other practices, available only in some parts of the United States, may be "guidelineable" if they appear to solve a structural problem in end-of-life care. The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, or POLST, Paradigm for documenting patients' end-of-life treatment preferences, with programs available in six states and under development in several others, is an example of such a practice: POLST's aim is to ensure that advance directives stick to patients across care settings.
The final AACN-JCR webinar series of the year, which focuses on Palliative and End-of-Life Care, will be presented in October 2008.