Antonio was admitted to the Pediatric unit one night with breathing problems. We don't have a Pedi ICU, but he was assigned to an experienced nurse and hooked up to various monitors. The ER doctor had diagnosed respiratory distress, but as time went by the primary nurse became more anxious. She tried to hide her anxiety from the parents, immigrants from Mexico who spoke little or no English. Mom wanted to lie in the bed with the four year old, but that made it too difficult to manage his care,... Read More →
Every nurse is a manager. Nurses manage patient care, their own time and each other. Managing others is called “delegation” and is defined by the Nurse Practice Act of the state in which the nurse practices. The Nurse Practice Act specifies expectations related to authority, responsibility and accountability. Ignorance of these expectations is not an excuse. Patient outcomes are at stake and, perhaps, your own nursing license.
Delegation is defined as the “transfer of... Read More →