A nurse assistant from another unit asks an RN if she can read the chart of a patient that the RN nurse is caring for. In what situation would this be appropriate?

If the nurse assistant is also directly caring for the patient

Explanation

•The caregivers who are directly providing care for the patient are the only individuals allowed to read the patient's chart.

Incorrect options:

•The nurse assistant has no reason to review the patient's chart. Having the patient sign a consent form does not authorize the nurse assistant to read the patient's chart.

•While HIPAA training is important, this training should serve to reinforce the concept that only staff directly involved in a patient's care should have access to their chart.

•The nurse's thoughts on the appropriateness are subjective and have a bearing on the legality of the nursing assistant reading the chart.

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