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Guest Editorial

Regulatory Requirements: A Necessary Evil or a Way to Highlight the Essence of Good Nursing Care?

Marcia Grant
CJON 2014, 18(3), 265-266 DOI: 10.1188/14.CJON.265-266

The essence of good clinical nursing care often moves into the spotlight when new regulatory requirements are created. Years ago, the Joint Commission initiated a new standard that addressed the need for patient and family education (Wakefield, 1994). "Why?" I thought, "We have been doing that for years!" I remember in graduate school in the 1960s how one of my required clinical experiences was to take care of a newly diagnosed patient with diabetes who was about to be discharged. Guess who taught her about insulin injections, diet, exercise, and follow-up care? Nevertheless, I don't remember charting all that—the Joint Commission helped to reveal what good nursing care was all about by requiring us to chart what we have taught patients.


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