Fundamentals Question #6
A registered nurse is caring for a critically ill patient however has other patients in need of care. Which task should the RN delegate to the LPN?
- Completing the discharge teaching to a patient going home
- Updating and evaluating the patient’s plan of care
- Administering subcutaneous Enoxaparin.
- Deliver a dose of activase via a central venous access device.
The correct option is C; An LPN can safely perform a subcutaneous or intramuscular injection because they are routine procedures that usually have predictable outcomes. Teaching is an RN responsibility. Updating and evaluating a plan of care is an RN responsibility because it is a higher-level function that requires critical thinking and judgment. Providing medication through a central venous access device is not completed by LPNs as it requires a higher level of training to administer a clot buster into a central line.
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