Delegations in Nursing

Decent Essays
As a supervisor in my facility it is not uncommon to be asked to float a staff member to another area within the hospital due to staffing shortages. Two weeks ago, I was approached by my director to do just that. However, in this circumstance, I felt the request was inappropriate. The radiology registered nurse had more tasks to accomplish than normal and had requested that one of my nurses, a former radiology nurse, insert PICC lines for the afternoon. My nurse had been in the cardiology department for three years and had not placed a PICC line since leaving the radiology department. In my facility, it is a requirement that the nurse place a minimum of five PICC lines a year to be deemed competent, so from my perspective, my nurse was fifteen lines too short. However, in an attempt to make every effort to assist the radiology nurse, I approached my nurse to verify how long it had been since she had placed a PICC line. Much to her surprise, it truly had been way too long. Despite this fact, she still wanted to help with the line placements. In an attempt to protect my nurse from practicing outside of her scope and to protect myself from delegating tasks to an incompetent nurse, I refused to send the nurse. I did, however, offer to send her for training for future possibilities of assistance. This scenario is not an uncommon possibility for the nursing practice. Nursing is a sophisticated profession that is constantly changing and requires specialized training and
Get Access