Client Discharge from Hospital Settings

Comprehensive health care often requires a client to move within and across the healthcare continuum from inpatient units and other hospital-based environments to community settings. In most circumstances, clients require admission to a health care facility in order to access hospital-based services. Once admitted, clients must be formally discharged when they no longer require the level of care provided in the facility to manage their health. To improve efficiencies in client flow through the health care system, the Nova Scotia Hospitals Act authorizes NPs to discharge clients from any hospital setting. We developed this practice guideline to assist NPs in understanding their professional accountability when discharging clients from various care settings.

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