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Nurses have professional and legal obligations for obtaining consent. The College's Consent practice guideline provides an overview of the major features of the relevant legislation, pertinent definitions and the steps that nurses need to take to obtain consent.


  1. Identify the major features of the Health Care Consent Act and the Substitute Decisions Act.
  2. Understand a nurse's accountability in obtaining consent.


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Chapter 1 - Guiding Principles


Chapter 2 - An Overview of the Legislation


Chapter 3 - Obtaining Consent


Page last reviewed April 08, 2021