MA & Charting

  1. I am an RN who has begun working in an infusion clinic where the medical assitants dc the iv's. However, our charting lists a number of things related to removing the iv such as: site condition, dressings etc and I am not comfortable signing off to something that wasn't done by me. I was wondering if anyone else was in this position or had any thoughts on how I can word the charting to cover me when I don't see the site.

    Thank you
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  3. by   Asystole RN
    REALLY depends upon your state and the NPA if you can delegate and who you can delegate to.

    The general rule is though that you own it, regardless if you sign off or not.
  4. by   NorCal_Nurzing
    Check MA's scope of practice. In CA they cannot prepare, adjust flow, remove or otherwise look at an IV. If you delegate to the wrong person it is your fault if something happens. I have told the MA's that ONLY I flush and d/c IV's after one unhooked a patient without being asked during a busy day.