DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
[Filed July 1, 1998, 10:21 a.m.]
notice of adoption of interpretive statement
Title: 1.) Is a nurse required by law to sign documentation on essential client records?
2.) Is it ever acceptable practice for a nurse to sign another nurse's name including the RN title and to initial that signature on essential client records?
Issuing Entity: Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.
Subject: The commission issued an advisory opinion n response to the request from Barbara Deymonaz, RN, Port Orchard, Washington.
Effective Date: May 29, 1998.
Contact Person: Jeanne E. Vincent, RN, MS, Associate Nurse Practice Manager, Department of Health, Nursing Care Commission, P.O. Box 47864, Olympia, WA 98504-7864, (360) 664-2881.