Delegation

Reducing Your Risk Instructions 
Assignment Objectives
At the conclusion of this writing assignment students should be able to:

Explain the role of the, American Nurses Association, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and the Nurse Practice Act in the delegation of nursing tasks
Discuss and describe the steps and principles associated with proper delegation
Put into practice the steps of proper delegation
Identify, describe and discuss areas of potential liability for the nurse when improper delegation takes place
Describe and discuss ways to reduce patient risk such as a Fishbone Diagram
Assignment Overview
In this writing assignment, students’ will examine how their state’s Nurse Practice Act addresses delegation. In addition, students will explore and compare proper and improper delegation and how proper delegation reduces risk for the patient and liability for the nurse.

Utilizing 3 peer reviewed non foreign journal articles published within the last 5 years at a minimum, the textbook readings,presentations, the students’ state Nurse Practice Act and a self identified delegation scenario, students will write a 2 page (500-600 word) written assignment. At the completion of the written assignment, students should be able to put into practice and have an understanding of their states’ Nurse Practice Act, the Laws and Rules and steps associated with the proper delegation of nursing tasks as well as the liability and ways to reduce patient risk when improper delegation has taken place. 

Deliverables

A 2 page (500-600 word) written assignment. Note, number of pages does not include the Title page or Reference page or Appendix and an Abstract is not required. 

Step 1.
Use the Internet to, locate your states’ Nurse Practice Act to read how delegation of nursing tasks are addressed
Read the steps associated with proper delegation
Use the Internet to locate the Joint ANA and National Council of State Boards of Nursing Position Statement, 2005
Read the Joint Statement on Delegation
Locate and integrate information read and attained within 3 peer reviewed non foreign journal articles published within the last 5 years which address delegation, the delegation of nursing tasks, liability and patient risk. Note, foreign peer reviewed journal articles are not appropriate for this written assignment 
Note, should a student experience their state Nurse Practice Act does not address delegation, the student may use another state’s information to complete this part of the written assignment, be sure to address within the written assignment and provide appropriate citation and reference.

For the State of Texas, the Nurse Practice Act and information on delegation are both located within the Texas Board of Nursing Website. The Nurse Practice is located under the title Laws and Rules and Delegation information is located under the title Practice. 

Step 2
Write a 2 page (500-600 word) written assignment, address and answer the questions for a self-identified Delegation Scenario in which you delegate one self-identified nursing task, however, the nursing task must not address routine nursing tasks such as vital signs, walking patients, getting patients up, turning the patient every 15 minutes, every 1 hour, etc or bathing a patient, etc
Step 3
Read and review the General Written Instructions
Review the Course Schedule for due date regarding submission of the Draft to Revision Assistant to Turn it in
Review the Course Schedule for due date regarding submission of the Final Draft to Turn in in
Review the Course Schedule for the due date for the Final Reducing your Risk written assignment
Step 4

Writing Section: Introduction: 

Briefly describe and explain the self-identified delegation scenario
Who are the key players in the delegation scenario
Writing Section: Delegation of Task

Explain and provide appropriate support and the rationale regarding your decision to delegate the selected task?
Identify factors which support your decision to delegate the task?
How did you decide which health care provider to delegate the task to?
Is the delegated task within the selected health care providers’ scope of practice, please describe and explain? Provide support for your answer
Identify and describe the ways you followed your state or alternative state Nurse Practice Act guidelines and or principles? Provide support for your answer
Explain how and which patient risks were reduced by proper delegation? Provide support for your answer
Conclusion:

What liabilities might ensue if the task had been delegated improperly, provide examples? Provide support for your answer.
Attach an Appendix for a Fishbone Diagram outlining briefly how this tool could be utilized to reduce patient risk

my state is Texas, thanks

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