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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. 

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FAQs

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.

Do I need client consent to give a placebo?

Yes. Before giving a placebo, your client must know that placebos are part of the treatment plan, and must consent to the plan. If your client is not capable of providing consent, a parent or a substitute decision-maker can consent on his or her behalf.

The Consent practice standard provides additional information and guidance about the consent process and nurses’ ethical and legal responsibilities.