Delegation in Nursing

Delegation in Nursing

Delegation in Nursing

Chapter 11 of your course text is devoted entirely to the concept of delegation. Most state nursing practice acts have some broad language that allows licensed nurses to delegate tasks. The act may specify what the professional nurse can and/or cannot delegate. In addition to the textbook and the Joint Statement on Delegation (posted in the course), you must use two peer-reviewed sources in the primary post and an additional one in the response post.

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Delegation in Nursing
Case Scenario:

James has been a nurse for 4 years now. He works 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on a very busy 32-bed medical-surgical unit. Census is 32, however, there were eight discharges during the day shift and eight new admissions have been steadily arriving to the floor mostly around the change of shift.

Staff moral and the sense of teamwork are low with coworkers upset with each other when the admission history, medication reconciliation, and plan of care are not completely done prior to leaving the shift.

Four patients have gone for procedures early in the evening and were stable but required frequent vital signs. James has asked the two UAP to take vital signs on the patients. He also asked a transporter to bring in a cup of medications for Mr. Smith, because he was on isolation and the transporter was already going into the room.

At the end of the shift, upon reviewing the vital signs to give report to the oncoming nurse, he noticed just one set of vitals were taken for each patient instead of the q1 hour as ordered. Upon final rounding for the evening, he also noticed that Mr. Smith’s cup of medications was on his bedside table and had not been taken.

In addition, these patients were nothing by mouth (NPO) prior to the diagnostic tests and both patients and families are upset because they never received dinner and now the kitchen is closed. James is upset.


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Delegation in Nursing

Discuss the following questions in your discussion submission:

1. What pitfalls or obstacles contributed to James’ lack of success?
2. What delegation principles were broken?
3. What would you have done differently, if you were James?