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Communicating test results
I’m an RN working in an NP-led clinic. Recently, an NP assessed a patient for a routine physical and ordered blood work. The results did not indicate anything outside of normal limits or anything else of concern. The patient called to ask about her blood work. Am I allowed to tell her the results?
All nurses — RNs, RPNs and NPs — can communicate test results and health conditions (such as pregnancy) that are neither diseases nor disorders. As well, all nurses can communicate findings from an assessment to patients. Nurses should ensure they are not communicating a diagnosis to patients when discussing test results or assessment findings, unless it has been formally delegated by an NP or physician. When appropriate, you can recommend that patients follow up with an NP or their physician to receive the definitive diagnoses.