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The Nursing and Midwifery Council has issued guidance to nurses in light of the threat of terrorist incidents. 

 The advice is particularly intended for unexpected incidents or emergency situations where people may require care but the nurse is away from the normal work place.

“As a healthcare professional, your first instinct is often to go to the aid of others in need. However, it is important that if you find yourself in an unclear situation you should follow official government guidance to run, hide and tell,” says the NMC.

“It is essential that you first assess your environment and ensure it is safe for you. If it is not, you should move to a place of safety. You should then ensure that you or someone close to you has contacted the emergency services. Only then should you consider providing care if it is safe to do so.”

It points out that the NMC Code of Practice emphasises that “nurses and midwives must take account of their own safety, the safety of others and the availability of other care options (this may include paramedics, ambulance crews or military personal on the scene of an incident or emergency).”

Should nursing be required in an incident, the NMC reminds nurses to act within the limits of their knowledge and competence.

In addition, it notes that being involved in an emergency situation can be highly traumatic for healthcare professionals. “You should not be afraid to seek support from your employer or your GP who should be able to help you access appropriate health and counselling services to cope with the impact of witnessing and working through such terrible events.

Links:
NMC statement                  

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