The NMC Code of Conduct refers to a set of performance

The NMC Code of Conduct refers to a set of performance, ethics and conduct standards for midwives published by the Nursing & Midwifery Council. The NMC represents the nursing and midwifery regulator for Scotland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland and the Islands.Based on research stigmatizing attitudes towards patients with mental illness has caused a huge dropout in the number of patients seeking treatment over the years. In addition to this, patients with mental illness have become more unwilling to seek professional help due to the anticipation of encountering negative bias within the health care system, instead, they internalise (self-stigma) all the negative attitudes and suffer negative consequences as a result (Community Ment Health J, 2015). My focus of enquiry is based on research articles that raise awareness on staff attitudes to patients presenting mental health problems. Stigma, according to the Oxford dictionary is “a mark of disgrace associated with a circumstance, quality, or person” (Oxforddictionaries.com, 2018). Mental illness refers to a varied range of mental health disorders that affect a person’s mood, thinking, and behaviour (Mayo Clinic, 2018). I chose this topic because as a student nurse, I am aspiring to develop the qualities I possess in order to meet the professional standards set by the Code, thus ensuring patients are always safe under my care (NMC 2018). I believe one of the ways to do this is by gaining insight (through research) on poor practice illustrations.

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