great article from ask the experts about legal/professional issues for advanced practice nurses
from medscape nurses (free registration required
can a nurse witness a surgical consent form before the anesthetist has seen the patient?
i have a question regarding the safe and ethical care of patients. in my institution it is routine for the nurse to witness the anesthesia consent form prior to surgery. we have the patient read the form or we are to read the form to them. we have the consent signed prior
to anyone from the anesthesia department seeing the patient. is this safe and ethical?
also review at medscape:
patient education for the purpose of informed consent