A nurse is working with a nursing assistant to care for six patients on her unit. The nurse wants to delegate some of the tasks to the nursing assistant. What should the nurse consider when delegating tasks to unlicensed assistive personnel? Select all that apply.

 

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- Whether the nurse can delegate the specific task

- If the nursing assistant is capable of creating nursing diagnoses

- Whether the nurse has already assessed the patient

- If the nursing assistant has the capability to perform the tasks

- Whether the nurse is available to supervise

Rationale

Unlicensed assistive personnel are available to help with some tasks, but the nurse must still delegate carefully, because she remains responsible. When delegating, the nurse must consider whether she can even delegate the task or if she must do it herself, whether the UAP is capable of performing the task, and if the nurse has assessed the patient first before assigning tasks.

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