HOSPITAL NURSING: Delegating the “right” way: Learn five tips for delegating effectively and safely.
Denise M. McEnroe Ayers RN, MSN
Mariann Montgomery RN, MSN

April 2008 
Volume 38  Number 4
Pages 56hn1 - 56hn2
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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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