PCNP is the state organization that promotes and protects the practice of over 11,000 Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNPs) in Pennsylvania. Formed in the 1980's by only 3 forward thinking NPs, PCNP now has 17 regional groups across the Commonwealth!
PA Supreme Court Narrows Informed Consent Requirement
A recent ruling from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has the potential to significantly impact patient care.
On June 20, the Court ruled that, for five types of procedures, a patient’s informed consent must be obtained personally by the physician performing them. The physician cannot delegate this obligation to others, including nurse practitioners.
All nurse practitioners involved with any of the procedures below are advised to discuss possible changes with their legal and staffing departments for guidance.
The Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners will work to keep you informed as we analyze the ruling in greater detail to determine how this could impact nurse practitioner practice. We are assessing what, if any, actions are necessary including possible legal and legislative remedies.
Additionally, PCNP is communicating with other stakeholders including the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Medical Society to determine next steps.
View background information to read more on the court's ruling.