An 8-year-old girl is scheduled for a tonsillectomy. The child arrives at the surgery center with her legal guardian. The nurse should

  • inform the legal guardian the surgeon will be in soon with the consent form to sign.
  • ask the legal guardian if one of the parents can come in to sign the consent.
  • check the client’s chart to see who signed consent forms in the past.
  • tell the surgeon that no parent is present to sign the consent.
Number 1 is correct.
Rationale: If a minor child is in the care of a legal guardian, the guardian has the right to sign medical consent forms. There is no need to require a parent to sign the consent instead or to check the chart for that information. A legal guardian retains the rights to make decisions for the minor child’s medical care.