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​Consent is the voluntary agreement to some act or purpose made by a capable individual. Nurses' legal obligations concerning consent are set out in legislation. Their ethical obligations are to recognize, respect and promote a client's right to be informed and make informed choices. 

Practice Standard

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What happens if a client signs a consent form, but doesn't really understand what is happening?

When you participate in care or treatment provided by other health professionals, you are expected to act if you believe the client does not adequately understand the planned care or treatment.

Document your assessment and notify the other health professionals involved if you believe your client does not understand the information being presented.

The Consent practice standard provides guidance.​