2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 26 - HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS
Section 26:2H-62 - Rights, responsibilities of health care professionals


NJ Rev Stat § 26:2H-62 (2013) What's This?

26:2H-62. Rights, responsibilities of health care professionals
10. In addition to any rights and responsibilities recognized or imposed by, or pursuant to, this act, or by any other law, physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals shall have the following rights and responsibilities:

a. The attending physician shall make an affirmative inquiry of the patient, his family or others, as appropriate under the circumstances, concerning the existence of an advance directive. The attending physician shall note in the patient's medical records whether or not an advance directive exists, and the name of the patient's health care representative, if any, and shall attach a copy of the advance directive to the patient's medical records. The attending physician shall document in the same manner the reaffirmation, modification, or revocation of an advance directive, if he has knowledge of such action.

b. A physician may decline to participate in the withholding or withdrawing of measures utilized to sustain life, in accordance with his sincerely held personal or professional convictions. In such circumstances, the physician shall act in good faith to inform the patient and the health care representative, and the chief of the medical staff or other designated institutional official, of this decision as soon as practicable, to effect an appropriate, respectful and timely transfer of care, and to assure that the patient is not abandoned or treated disrespectfully.

In the event of transfer of a patient's care, the attending physician shall assure the timely transfer of the patient's medical records, including a copy of the patient's advance directive.

c. A nurse or other health care professional may decline to participate in the withholding or withdrawing of measures utilized to sustain life, in accordance with his sincerely held personal or professional convictions. In these circumstances, the nurse or other health care professional shall act in good faith to inform the patient and the health care representative, and the head of the nursing or other professional staff or other designated institutional official, of this decision as soon as practicable, to cooperate in effecting an appropriate, respectful and timely transfer of care, and to assure that the patient is not abandoned or treated disrespectfully.

d. Nothing in this act shall be construed to require a physician, nurse or other health care professional to begin, continue, withhold, or withdraw health care in a manner contrary to law or accepted professional standards.

L.1991,c.201,s.10.


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