The Oath is 'First, Do No Harm' (Not First, Do Not Disappoint) - page 2
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0Sep 22, '13 by herring_RN GuideMy states Nursing Practice Act requires that the registered nurse:
"Acts as the client's advocate, as circumstances require by initiating action to improve health care or to change decisions or activities which are against the interests or wishes of the client, and by giving the client the opportunity to make informed decisions about health care before it is provided."
The "wishes of the patient" does not mean we give a patient anything that is harmful such as feeding a patient who needs to be NPO.
It does mean we don't call a code for a patient with a valid DNR. It means we contact the physician when a patient does not understand a consent form or refuses a medication.