Delegation Is A Leadership Skill For Job Satisfaction, Empowerment, And Effective Patient Care Essay

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Delegation is when an individual who is responsible and has authority over a task transfers the responsibility of the task to another person who is qualified and agrees to perform such task (Sullivan, 2012, p.132). Delegation is a leadership skill because the person who delegates the task is using judgement to transfer the task to someone whose skills are better matched and it empowers other health care members. For example, when a registered nurse (RN) delegates to a certified nursing assistant (CNA) to start an IV this is freeing up time so the nurse can perform discharge instructions to another patient. “Effective delegation contributes to job satisfaction, empowerment, responsibility, productivity, professional growth, and effective patient care” (Kærnested & Bragadóttir, 2012). Delegation has been a difficult skill for me to perform because I don’t want to burden others with tasks when I am capable of doing it myself. My goal is to improve my delegation skills in order to improve my time management, decrease overall stress, and to expand my communication skills. Not only is delegation important for me to gain leadership skills, but it is important to be able to pass skills and abilities on to other team members. Neuhauser, Myhre, and Alemi “Personal Quality Improvement Work Book” indicates a process to assist in helping achieve my personal goal of delegating on other members of the health care team (2004). The method that they propose is the plan-do-check-act (PDCA)

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