August 2019
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Should I be co-signing for the care that a nursing student provides?

My employer asked me to co-sign for the care that a nursing student provided. Should I do this?

No. The individual who performs the action or observes the event should document it. It must always be clear who provided care. Co-signing blurs accountability; an entry followed by two signatures does not clearly indicate which individual provided what care.

The exception to this rule is when there is a designated recorder, such as in a code situation.

For more information, see the Documentation practice standard.

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