© 2008 The Medical-Legal News
By Frances W. Sills, RN, MSN, ARNP
Challenges in today’s healthcare systems are making greater demands on the registered nurse to have the knowledge and critical thinking skills to effectively delegate to others. The dynamics in this continuously changing climate and the nursing profession compel the individual RN to be vigilant and action-oriented regarding changes that address nursing practice and RN delegation.
This CE offering will address the process of delegation as it applies in most states and territories of the U.S. It is important to understand that some states may have different definitions, regulations or directives regarding delegation. The RN must be familiar with his or her state’s board of nursing and the state practice act to ascertain state-specific differences.
RNs are accountable to the public for providing cultural, competent, safe and effective nursing care for patients in a variety of settings across the continuum of healthcare. In each setting, RNs function as essential members…