Thursday, April 26, 2012

Do You Understand “Informed Consent?” by Jennifer Olin, @JOlin2 RN @RNCentral #nursefriendly #healthcare

Do You Understand “Informed Consent?” by Jennifer Olin, @JOlin2 RN @RNCentral #nursefriendly #healthcare:”Because nurses do not perform surgery or direct medical procedures, in most situations, obtaining clients’ informed consent does not fall within the nursing duty. Even though the nurse often assumes the responsibility for witnessing the client’s signature on the consent forms, the nurse is not legally responsible for obtaining the informed consent.
What that means is you, as the RN, are merely collecting the signature, not responsible for the information included on the form or provided by the physician. You are like a notary when you sign it yourself. You are simply verifying that the patient signed the consent voluntarily.”


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