PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE

Having and using the technical expertise, including knowledge and skill base, to carry out professional roles at accepted standards of practice, based in the context of the values of the patient, the institution and the organization. In the context of the team approach to health care delivery, part of competent care is ensuring the team has a shared understanding of the goals of care for a patient, room is provided for team members to identify ethical issues with aspects of the care plan, and if necessary, to ask to be removed from a care plan they feel morally problematic (assuming other healthcare providers can be found to provide the necessary care).

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