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- by TT2seven Jun 14, '12Can RNs in ILL pronouce patients dead in the hospital?
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- Jun 14, '12 by MN-NurseQuote from TT2sevenWhere the heck is ILL?Can RNs in ILL pronouce patients dead in the hospital?
I don't know about ILL but in my hospital the MD does the official death pronouncement.
The only deaths I have ever had were patients on comfort care, so there isn't anyone but the family and me around when death occurs.
In practice it is most often the nurse delivering the news to family, often while they are standing there staring at you. The RN then pages the doc, who comes by, says, "Yep, he's dead" and boogies.
- Jun 14, '12 by TT2sevenILL is Illinois
- Jun 14, '12 by TheCommuterQuote from TT2sevenCall or email the Illinois Board of Nursing for a more definitive answer to your question.ILL is Illinois
I am in Texas, where the scope of practice permits RNs to pronounce death.
- Jun 14, '12 by tnbutterflyMoved to IL Nursing where perhaps some of our IL members will know the answer.
- Jun 14, '12 by minnymiyou can find this on the web under the IL board of nursing info.
nurses can pronounce pts in my state, but the facility policy is to have a doctor do it.