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Reporting of professional misconduct is influenced by nurses' level of education and managerial experience
  1. Kathleen Dixon
  1. Western Sydney University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Penrith South DC, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Kathleen Dixon, Western Sydney University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Penrith South DC, NSW 2751, Australia; k.dixon{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Managerial experience or higher levels of education increase the likelihood of nurses reporting professional misconduct in home-care.

  • Positive team environments, opportunities to discuss incidents and enhanced communication may contribute to preventing professional misconduct.

  • Further research is needed to understand reasons why nurses do not report professional misconduct.


Professional misconduct by nurses (encompassing either impairment or incompetence) working in home-care is thought to occur frequently. Nurses are governed by regulatory frameworks, including professional codes relating to ethics and professional conduct that make it incumbent on them to report suspected or actual misconduct. Despite this, nurses experience difficulty in reporting.1 Reasons for under-reporting by healthcare professionals can include fear …

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