A nurse is caring for a 40-year-old patient with post-traumatic stress disorder following a severe injury last year. The patient requires a morning dose of her antidepressant medication and is scheduled for EMDR therapy in 2 hours. The physician has been in to see the patient for the day and has also left new orders. Which task can the nurse delegate to the nursing assistant who is helping her?

 

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- Serving the patient breakfast to eat with the medication

- Administering the antidepressant

- Performing the EMDR with the patient

- Checking the physician's orders in the chart

Rationale

When delegating tasks to a nursing assistant, the nurse must carefully consider the tasks that fall within the assistant's scope of practice. In this case, the nurse can delegate the activities of daily living for the nursing assistant to help. This includes serving a patient breakfast so he can take his medication.

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