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Posted - 08/27/2015 :  02:23:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Notaries' rights and obligations? You have the right to refuse to go into those environments and it can't be held against you.

As for standard precaution procedures, read here:


As to the university having notaries on staff - most times the facility notaries are not allowed, by law, to notarize or witness for patients - they consider it a conflict of interest somehow...not sure of the rationale but that's what I've been told. I run into this quite a bit in nursing homes here so now, anytime I'm called to notarize in a facility and I know witnesses are required, I let the contact person know they'll need to get witnesses there.

I had one not so long ago - the gentleman had MRSA and I found this out at the door - I gowned up, gloved up, gloved up the witnesses AND gloved up the signer - the social worker was there and was great in monitoring everything, including disposal of the gown and gloves (my own medical experience helped with this too). And oh..yes...I left all my pens there -

And I'm sure you know you can't use a separate journal - your laws are specific that you have to "keep one active sequential journal". Page 9 of your handbook http://notary.cdn.sos.ca.gov/forms/notary-handbook-2015.pdf

I also believe your journal has to be bound - may want to check with the SOS on that...

Good luck.

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Posted - 08/26/2015 :  6:59:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit saskianotary's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Today, I was called to a university hospital. The caller told me she had a young patient who was not infectious but had entered the hospital "suddenly" and was dying.

However, it was obvious that the patient had been ill for period of time. I was instructed to gown up only as a "precaution." However, when I left the room without first discarding the protective gown, an alarmed nurse quickly ushered me back into the room where it was placed into a contaminated waste bin. Then the nurse wiped down my journal, pens, clipboard, etc with alcohol...

I know that the university has several notaries on staff, so I don't understand why I'm always being called to go there. If they want us to service their facility, shouldn't we receive training to protect ourselves and other customers?

Can anyone point me to authoritative information on notary's rights and obligations in high risk health situations or the obligation of health care facilities to inform us of what we are being exposed to?

Should we use separate journals for hospitals? Should we use loose leaf journal pages and keep them sealed in an envelope?
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