Delegation in Nursing Practice
With time, Health Care assistants are beginning to gain a prominent role in satisfying the demands faced by the General Practice Team and the demand of the changing ways of delivering health care services. Such assistants are gradually taking on the work that was previously done by the Registered nurses only. Most of this delegation comes from these registered nurses. Careful delegation is very important and needs to take care of several issues and questions. It is important to take this delegation job seriously and handle with discretion because improper delegation or delegation to the wrong or inappropriate personnel might pose a threat to life itself.
As far as the history of nursing is concerned, delegation in nursing has been observed and practiced during the 1800s when Florence Nightingale has been quoted to have said, “But again, to look at all these things does not mean to do them yourself…But can you ensure it is done when not done by itself (Ulrich, 1992, p.38)”
The proper delegation will ensure the reduction in health care costs through the efficient use of nursing time and the resources of the health care canter. Delegation is a common practice even for a nurse who is experienced as well as for those who are fresher. While the allocation of the task is done the delegating nurse might face delegatees who may have come from various levels of the nursing program and therefore it depends on the intelligence of the delegating nurse is very much counted upon. The skill of the nurse is required in order to judge and assess the abilities of the delegatee such that the safety of the patient is ensured.
A student might be faced with the test questions, which might help in assessing the capacity of the nurse to delegate the task of care. Safeguard of the patients is a priority. In order to ensure that this responsibility is fulfilled, the nurses are accountable to the law for themselves