Fundamentals Question #1
You are the registered nurse in charge. Which patient assignment will you delegate to the LPN?
- An older adult patient who has returned from radiology after an x-ray.
- A patient awaiting transfer from the emergency room to the unit for drug overdose.
- A lethargic patient with poorly controlled diabetes mellitus.
- A patient who is receiving a blood transfusion on the inpatient unit.
Answer A is the correct option. The older adult patient is stable and has only routine procedures. This patient can be delegated to an LPN. The patient waiting to be transferred from the emergency room to the unit for a drug overdose is incorrect because an admission history and assessment is to be done by an RN. Also, this patient is not stable. A lethargic patient with poorly controlled diabetes mellitus is incorrect because the patient is not stable and will require close monitoring of blood glucose levels, which requires critical thinking and interpretation. The patient receiving a blood transfusion is incorrect because the LPN cannot begin a blood transfusion. RNs are required to initiate the blood transfusion.
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