A nurse is documenting in the patient's chart and accidently transcribes an order incorrectly. After realizing her mistake, how should the nurse correct the error?

Strike out the error with one line through it and place her signature next to it.


•When an error is made in paper documentation, the nurse should use a single line to strike out the error and place her signature next to it. Corrections should be made in such a way so as to be legible beneath the single line to avoid suspicion if the chart was ever reviewed later.

•Scribbles and correction fluid look suspicious and draw into question when the information was omitted and why.

•Incorrect options: it is not acceptable to use correction fluid, to scribble over, or to mark over an incorrect entry with an X in a patient's chart.

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