More than a Signature: Informed Consent

Enrollment Information:
This enrollment will expire September 30, 2019.
You must complete all course requirements (including claiming CEs) and save/print the completion certificate by September 30, 2019.


True informed consent is much more than a signature on a form. It is a process of communication, shared decision-making, mutual expectation-setting, and respect for a person's autonomy. Without it, patients are at risk for health consequences they don't understand, and providers are at risk for liability claims. This program discusses the four components of informed consent, provides strategies to engage patients in decision-making, outlines how to document the process, and discusses how to manage informed refusal.


Learning Objectives:
By the end of this self-study you should be able to:

  • State the legal and ethical obligations of obtaining informed consent.
  • Identify strategies and best practices for obtaining informed consent (or refusal) and documenting the discussion.
  • Examine actual malpractice cases where informed consent was not obtained.


Level of Learning:


Domain of Practice:
Claims & Litigation


Emily Clegg, JD, MBA, CPHRM


Criteria for Successful Completion:
To receive continuing nursing education contact hours, participants must achieve 80% on the post-test and complete an evaluation at its conclusion.


Continuing Education:
This program is approved contact hours toward the fulfillment of the requirements of ASHRM designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow) and toward CPHRM (Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management) renewal. CE credit may be used toward CPHRM renewal only by those holding the credential at the time of the program.

American Society for Healthcare Risk Management is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 1.0 hour
Passing Score: 80%


Conflict of Interest Statement:
As required by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, we would like to make you aware of all potential conflicts of interest.

This educational activity’s planners and presenters have indicated that they have no bias or conflict of interest.


Commercial Support:
There is no sponsorship for this event.


Date Published:  October 2017
Date to be Reviewed:  Q1 2020
Date of Contact Hour Expiration:  Q4 2019

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ASHRM & ANCC 1 hour January 01, 2019 - December 31, 2019