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Hi! I am Savannah, an RN on the med-surg unit. We are short staffed this morning and I am overloaded with patients. Looks like I may need to delegate a few tasks so that our patients can still receive quality care.
MED-SURG 4 SOUTH
Hey, Ryan. Would you mind taking vitals for my patients on the 400 hall? I am working on getting 0800 meds administered and am pressed on time.
Sure thing, Savannah. I will take vitals for the patients on the 400 hall and then document them for you once I am finished.
Good morning, Mr. Jones. My name is Ryan and I will be taking your vitals. Your nurse, Savannah, will be around shortly with your 0800 medications.
Delegation is the transfer of authority to an individual that is competent to perform a particular task in a particular situation. It is a "critical part of providing cost-effective, quality care" and is a display of good time management by the nurse (Finkelman, 2019).
Effective delegation requires communication and information. Ryan, the Patient Care Technician, is competent to take vitals, however, accountability for performance and completion of the task remains with the delegator.
Patient assessment, nursing diagnosis, and teaching cannot be delegated. Those tasks are the sole responsibilty of the RN.
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