Who can certify death

I’m an RN who works with clients in the community. My employer has requested that I sign certificates of death for clients where death is expected. Can an RN sign a certificate of death?

RNs and RPNs do not have the authority to sign Medical Certificates of Death.

NPs have the authority to sign Medical Certificates of Death in specific circumstances. For more information please go to cno.org/np and look for information on Issuing Medical Certificates of Death under the “Practice Resources” tab.

Page last reviewed July 18, 2016