Originally posted by BadBird
I would not be comfortable signing anything that I did not witness, does signing mean that you agree with their assessment when you did not have a chance to assess the patient for yourself? Is this a management ploy for someone to blame if there is an error?
I won't comment of what the co-signing an assessment means...because I have never understood the neccesity to do this. But I do believe it is a ploy of managment to have someone to blame! And I don't blame any
RN for being uncomfortable in this situation!
I have NEVER been in facilities where I had to have my notes co-signed...that i can remember. But I have been in places where initial assessments on admission, were required to be done by an RN. Where I am now...that is not the case, and no one co-signs my notes. I do my own initial assessment, and call the MD if I feel there is a need to! While in orientation, the RN doing the orientation was asked this question, about co-sgining LPN's notes. She expressed the feeling, that there was NO need to have this done.
So I guess again...it depends on where you are, and what the faciltiy, and or state requires.