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Your Role in Informed Consent: Part 1

Sims, Jennifer M. MSN, RN, ARNP, CCRN

Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: March-April 2008 - Volume 27 - Issue 2 - p 70-73
doi: 10.1097/01.DCC.0000311599.25216.90
Educational DIMENSION

As critical care nurses, we all participate in the informed consent process, whether for a routine procedure or surgery or for a research study or clinical trial. This first article of a 2-part series discusses the critical care nurse's role concerning informed consent for surgery or other invasive procedures, including nursing procedures. Part 2 will discuss the critical care nurse's role concerning informed consent for clinical trials.

Critical care nurses are often asked to either witness or obtain informed consent from patients for both routine procedures and research studies. This first article of 2 focuses on the role of the critical care nurse in obtaining and/or witnessing consent for surgery or other invasive procedures, including nursing procedures.

Jennifer M. Sims, MSN, RN, ARNP, CCRN, is a nurse practitioner at Cardiology of Kentucky in Louisville, Kentucky. Miss Sims is a member of the editorial board for Dimensions in Critical Care Nursing.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Jennifer M. Sims, MSN, RN, ARNP, CCRN, Cardiology of Kentucky, 4003 Kresge Way, Louisville, KY 40207 (JennyARNP@yahoo.com).

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.