The Legal Implications Of Patient Care For Nursing Professionals

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Gaining a patient consent prior to the medical procedure has claimed simple yet imperative process of patient care for nursing professionals as some of the legal implications can occur that may lead to a negligence on clinical care, risk the nursing registration or even criminal assault that is resulting a litigation, if it does not proceed accordingly. The patient’s consent can be obtained in various ways, such as implied, verbal or written forms are available and most importantly, different types of consent will require on the nature of treatment. Informed consent is an ongoing, practical process in relation to the patients’ health care in the clinical setting which would involve providing sufficient information about the clinical procedure and treatment that the patient expects during the medical procedures. By giving the consent, the patient would sign or agree with the treatment that he would undertake, aware of the risks and possible consequences and accept that he had fully-explained by the doctor regarding to the procedures. The patient’s consent should be given autonomously which means free of pressure and without any coercion from making decision. This case study discusses why does the registered nurses need to obtain consent from the patient prior to a medical procedures and what sort of action should the registered nurse take if she/he witnessed the nursing staff performing procedure without patient consent. This essay will also examine how the scenario in regard
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