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Nurses have both legal and ethical obligations regarding consent for proposed care, treatment and research.

Consent is the voluntary agreement to some act or purpose made by a capable individual.

Your legal obligations concerning consent are set out in legislation. Your ethical obligations are to recognize, respect and promote a client's right to be informed and make informed choices. 

As a nurse, you are responsible for obtaining consent for care or treatment you carry out.

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