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Consent, Informed consent, Patient rights, Research



  1. Sims, Jennifer M. MSN, RN, ARNP, CCRN


This is the second of a 2-part article discussing the critical care nurse's role in informed consent. The first part presented the role of the nurse when seeking or witnessing a patient's consent for a medical, surgical, or nursing procedure. Although there are some similarities, the role of the critical care nurse in obtaining consent for a research study or clinical trial does vary somewhat. This article will discuss the components of the informed consent document for a clinical trial as well as the responsibilities of the critical care nurse.