Leadership / Delegation Question #10
The Registered Nurse (RN) is delegating duties on the medical surgical unit. Which of the following tasks is appropriate for the RN to delegate to the licensed practical nurse?
- Administering oral medications for four clients.
- Assessing a new admission.
- Planning discharge teaching for two clients.
- Start the administration of packed red blood cells.
The scope of practice for a practical nurse does not include high-level assessment (admission assessment found in selection B) or initiating care planning (discharge teaching plans found in selection C) or providing higher level skill such as blood administration (found in selection D).