Nursing Delegation

Nursing Delegation
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  • Delegation involves giving another staff member the responsibility and authority to complete a task. As an RN who has responsibility  over the activity of the task, the nurse can delegate the task to a unlicensed assistive personnel. (Finkelman 2019).
  • CNA: Hey, Fred. I helped Mrs. Smith to the bathroom and they are in bed now. Is there anything else you need me to help you with?
  • RN: Hey Jimmy, do you mind getting Mr. Brown's blood glucose before he eats lunch?
  • The RN must consider the five rights of delegation before he assigns a task to be done. The five rights are: Right task, right circumstances, right person, right direction, right supervision. (Finkelman 2019).
  • CNA: Yes I can do that.
  • RN: Ok great, thank you! Let me know what the level comes back at. I may need to give him insulin before his lunch. 
  • Good afternooon, Jimmy! Yes that will be fine. 
  • Hello, Mr. Brown. I am here to get your blood sugar. Is that ok? 
  • Delegation is a critical part of providing cost-effective, quality care. 
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