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Cover image for lecture: To Say or Not To Say... Truth Telling v Trust Building

Lecture Overview

‘Honesty and Right to Know’ - how can you decide what information should be shared with a patient? This can be a great source of distress and discomfort amongst nurses at the bedside. In this presentation, Dr Linda Starr offers guidance in knowing how much information we should be disclosing, at what stage and to whom.


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Linda Starr

Dr Linda Starr has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in general, mental health nursing, law, education and a PhD in legal issues in elder abuse. Linda has extensive experience as an RN in metropolitan and rural locations, in general nursing, mental health, forensic health, aged care and management. She has held senior positions in academia, including the dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Linda has publications in health law and forensic health issues. Linda is an associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University and a consultant educator in health law and ethics for nurses, midwives and carers. She is chair of the SA Board of Nursing and Midwifery, fellow of the College of Nursing Australia, foundation president of the Australian Forensic Nurses Association, member on the School of Health Academic Advisory Board for Open Colleges and the international member on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Forensic Nursing. See Educator Profile


16 Total Rating(s)
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Kerrie Myhill
18 Aug 2019

Very helpful information showing the complexity of trust and the legal and ethical considerations regarding privacy. I would have liked to see negative trust included in this.

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Meryl Gay
09 May 2019


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Sarah Hennessy
13 Nov 2018

I’m not sure this topic should be advertised as it is. It is more of a very basic introduction to the topic, in that it doesn’t explore the ethical implications, and / or the how-to’s-and-what-to-avoid of either truth telling or trust building. Engaging and interesting, but valuable as a resource with more information.

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Ruth Fisher
07 May 2018

Very knowledgeable

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Emma Edmunds
03 May 2018

I found this lecture to be quite insightful. The concept of trust is one we take for granted, but listening to this lecture has actually made me stop and reflect on my own practice and how the notion of trust comes into my every day practice.

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Maree Findlay
17 Apr 2018

Very good.

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Maureen Huggins
08 Mar 2018


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Nicholas Stewart Cleave
07 Mar 2018


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Patricia wilson
26 Feb 2018

Well, I didn't realise I was worried about trusting others until watching this!

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Peta Michelle Meek
16 Jan 2018

I found the educator to be very interesting and loved the topics that she discussed