Module B - Delegation

Module B - Delegation
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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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