Delegate Tasks

Delegate Tasks

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  • Delegating tasks
  • Since a nurse cannot always “do everything that is required for a patient” a nurse must know when to properly delegate tasks (Finkelman, 2017. p.332). “There must be effective use of staff resources-expertise and time. Delegation is a critical part of providing cost-effective, quality care” (Finkelman, 2017, p. 332). Proper delegation must also keep in mind quality care that does not harm the patient. “The RN takes responsibility and accountability for the provision of nursing practice” (ANA, NCSBN, 2006, p. 2-3).
  • Delegation should always include the 5 Rights of Delegation. Right person: RN must consider the best staff member to complete the task ( considering experience and skills, availability of time). Right task: Task must be delegateable for specific person or situation Right circumstances:RN needs to tell delegatee which supplies, equipment, and other resources are needed to complete task effectively. Right directions/ communication: Providing a clear, concise description of the task, including its objective, limits, and expectations. Right supervision/evaluation: Appropriate monitoring, evaluation, intervention (as needed), and feedback are part of delegation. (Finkelman, 2017)
  • Delegating tasks
  • Nurse Amy: John can you get a glucose check for me for Mrs. Smith in Room 324 in 20 minutes? John (Nurse Aide): Yes, of course. Would you like me to come and find you afterwards? Nurse Amy: Yes if it is out of normal range for her which is above 126. Could you also please document it in her chart? John (Nurse Aide): Yes. I will, I will finish up my other task then go to Mrs. Smiths room in 20 minutes and obtain her glucose level. Nurse Amy later checks that John documented Mrs. Smiths results after checking her glucose level.
  • Delegating tasks
  • American Nurses Association and National Council of State Boards of Nursing. (2006). Joint statement on delegation. Retrieved from
  • References: Finkelman, A. (2017). Professional nursing concepts: Competencies for quality leadership (4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
  • By: Ivan Palacios
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