A Report On The American Nurses Association And The National Council Of State Boards Of Nursing

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If you have talked to a registered nurse (RN) about their satisfaction with their job most of them have the same complaint. Their workload is too much and they do not have enough time to care for their patients as they would like. With shortages of RNs and companies looking to save money by hiring more licensed vocational nurses (LVN) or unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP), many RNs are getting overwhelmed. It is essential that RNs learn how to use the resources available to them. The art of effectively delegating tasks to other healthcare staff provide better care for the patient. The American Nurses Association (ANA) and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) adopted papers on delegation. Both papers presented the same message: delegation is an essential nursing skill (Weydt, 2010).
In my delegation scenario, I am the RN charge nurse on the medical-surgical unit. I am returning from dinner and am greeted by several personnel. They all have information about the unit that I need to address. I receive report that Mrs. Murphy’s IV has infiltrated and she is overdue for antibiotics, a visitor had fainted, three patients have not received their dinner trays, the OR is on their way up to Mr. Smith for a cardiac catheterization and he needs his pre-op medications, and the patient in 303 called and needs a bed pan. Then Dr. Russo is waiting to talk to me about a medication error that was made two weeks ago.
What am I supposed to do? All the other RNs are very…

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