A nurse has to frequently delegate many of her tasks while working on a busy medical-surgical unit of the hospital. Which of the following demonstrates successful delegation strategies by this nurse? Select all that apply.

 

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- The nurse should only delegate tasks she would not do herself

- The nurse should determine patient acuity before delegating

- The nurse should clearly communicate her expectations of the tasks

- The nurse should consider the support person’s job description

- The nurse should take into account the job to be performed before delegating

Rationale

Before delegating, a nurse must be informed about her patient needs and the abilities of the delegatee. The nurse must have assessed the patient before delegating related tasks; she should communicate her expectations clearly and consider whether the person performing the task is capable or whether it is a job the nurse should do herself.

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