The Nurse Practice Act ( Npa )

1743 Words Sep 28th, 2014 7 Pages
Nursing is a vast career field where someone can choose to work in many different settings. No matter what area of nursing one chooses to work in, nurses will almost always need to rely on team members and colleagues to help provide quality care. Appropriately delegating tasks and duties is an integral part of maintaining the highest level of nursing. According to a joint statement by the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) they both defined delegation as “the process for a nurse to direct another person to perform nursing tasks and activities. NCSBN describes this as the nurse transferring authority while ANA calls this a transfer of responsibility. Both mean that a registered nurse (RN) can direct another individual to do something that the person would not normally be allowed to do” (ANA/NCSBN, 2006). The Nurse Practice Act (NPA) allows for licensed nurses to delegate tasks to an unlicensed individual, a certified nursing assistant, or a medication technician, as long as certain criteria is met (Code of Maryland Regulations 10.27.11.03). First of all, the nurse delegating the task must realize that he or she remains responsible for the task and the outcomes. Because of this, it is important to make sure that tasks are being delegated appropriately. One way to avoid compromising quality care and to make delegating less complicated is to use the Five Rights of delegation. Our Contemporary Nursing text lists the five…
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