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April 2008, Volume 38 Number 4 , p 56hn1 - 56hn2


  • Denise M. McEnroe Ayers RN, MSN
  • Mariann Montgomery RN, MSN


McEnroe Ayers, Denise M. RN, MSN; Montgomery, Mariann RN, MSN

Issue: Volume 38(4), April 2008, p 56hn1–56hn2 Publication Type: [HOSPITAL nursing] Publisher: © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Denise M. McEnroe Ayers and Mariann Montgomery are assistant professors of nursing at Kent State University, Tuscarawas, in New Philadelphia, Ohio.

If you're an RN, delegation—directing another person to perform nursing tasks and activities—is part of your role. When you delegate a task or activity, you maintain accountability for the patient's care. To delegate effectively, safely, and legally, consider the “five rights of delegation.”

The right task . Deciding exactly what task to assign is the first step in delegation. Ask yourself “Does this task fall within the ...

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