These questions are all tied to the issue of accountability in nursing. It is important that you, as the individual nurse, recognize this concept and the effect it can have on your nursing practice. In an increasingly litigious society, nurses are becoming more aware of their accountability; of their responsibility; of their liability.
Accountability is a key concern for nurses and midwives in the National Health Service (NHS) today. Accountability means assuming responsibility for ones actions (Daniels 2004). The modern concept of professional accountability, applied to nursing, assumes that the nurse is a member of a profession. It depends on individual nurses being aware.