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Scope of Practice 

Giving, changing or cancelling orders: what's your accountability?


When Jess looks at the wound on Mr. Berge’s left leg, he is certain he does not have the competence to diagnose and treat it appropriately. He enters his assessment into the EMR and sends an electronic request for a wound care consult.

Sara, the wound care clinician, assesses Mr. Berge and his wound, makes a diagnosis and determines the wound care that would be most appropriate at this time. She enters a client-specific order in the EMR, for  the wound to be dressed with a specific product once/day.

What is Sara accountable for when giving a client-specific order?

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Frequently Asked Question



How much charting am I required to do?


Your documentation should provide a clear picture of your client's status, your actions and client's outcomes, for example:

  • your assessment of the client's health status, nursing diagnoses and plan of care
  • interventions carried out, client's response and any changes to the plan of care
  • information and concerns reported to another health care provider and the provider's response
  • any advocacy carried out on behalf of your client

Your client’s condition and care needs are factors in determining how much and what documentation is required. Acutely ill or high risk clients or those with complex health problems will require more comprehensive, in-depth and frequent documentation.

The requirements for documentation come from legislation, case law, Standards of Practice and agency policies. Documenting is a way to show you have applied nursing knowledge, skills and judgement and met the legal standard of care. Document according to agency policy — these policies should reflect legislative and other requirements.

The Documentation practice standard provides information and direction for your documentation. The Canadian Nurses Protective Society  also has helpful resources.

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