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.