Principles of Delegation

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Principles of Delegation Introduction Delegation is giving authority to someone else to conduct specific functions. It is also important in the same context to ascertain that each midwife is responsible and accountable for their own practice. Therefore, a midwife delegating any functions is accountable for their decision to do so. The delegator is responsible or accountable for making sure that the delegated function is in order and that the necessary structures are in place for that person. In addition, the midwife to whom function has been given is also responsible and accountable to perform the delegated function appropriately. The midwives both delegate and delegated need to apply critical thinking that involves use of knowledge, skills and values so as to make critical decisions that will positively impact patient care. Critical thinking process therefore uses clinical and professional judgment in all aspects of midwife judgment, and is critical in the delegation to others care of patients. Midwives must be constantly aware that in delegation, they retain accountability for the results of the process and this cannot be delegated. Therefore, the midwife delegator, is supposed to be available while the task is under way or if not they should have the ability to direct the process through optional means of communication either written or verbal or both. Discussion One of the most important principles of delegation is that it must be done in the best interest of
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