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After completing this learning activity, the learner will be able to describe the regulations, standards and laws that govern nursing practice in ambulatory care.
Learning Engagement Activity:
Regulation of the practice of health professionals varies from state to state. In the state in which you practice, look for the nurse practice act on-line. Find and review the regulations that govern delegation by licensed health personnel to others. What nursing functions can you delegate and to whom? What and to whom should you not delegate?
Chapter 7: Legal Aspects of Ambulatory Care Nursing
1.60 - CH
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1/30/23 4:00 pm
After reviewing and reading the PA nurse practice act several times, I could not find anything in this act that talks about what nurses can and cannot delegate. I discovered a senate bill from 2015 that amended the practice of professional nursing act relating to delegation and specifically defined and talked about delegation in the state of Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania the registered nurse may only delegate a duty if all the following criteria are met. First what is being delegated is under that licensed or unlicensed persons scope of practice. The task being delegated is not prohibited by the board of nursing. The registered nurse knows that person to do the task is trained and competent. The task the nurse is delegating does not put the patient at risk. The nurse is responsible for the outcome of the task, so the nurse must follow up and make sure the task is completed correctly. The registered nurse may not delegate tasks that the person getting delegated to is not trained to perform and that they have not been deemed competent in doing so.
5/12/23 11:28 am
During my research regarding the PA nurse practice act, it states online on the PA State Board of nursing website the following: "The Pennsylvania Nurse Practice Act contains no delegation language. Registered Nurses licensed in Pennsylvania may NOT delegate nursing functions to unlicensed persons." During nursing school we are taught that the RN is to only delegate the proper duties to personnel that are only within their scope of practice. Also, as the RN delegating a certain duty it is required to check in to make sure that duty was completed.