ERIC Number: ED384387
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
Amateur Nursing: Delegating Nursing Tasks to Unlicensed Assistive Personnel.
Meehan, Jane Pamela
In response to the growing trend of using unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) in hospitals, a study was conducted of faculty of associate degree nursing programs in New Jersey to determine which professional tasks they considered inherently safe for registered nurses to delegate to UAPs. A check-list survey was distributed to 104 faculty members at 13 nursing programs in the state, receiving responses from 48 teachers representing all 13 colleges and the major areas of nursing practice. An analysis of responses revealed the following: (1) among traditional tasks, those declared unsafe to be delegated by 50% or more fell into the categories of assessment and safety, emphasizing bacteriological, chemical, mechanical, and emotional safety; (2) only 10 out of 97 traditional tasks were deemed unsafe; (3) 55 of the traditional tasks garnered 90%-100% approval for delegation, while the 12 tasks that received 100% approval involved unit supportive tasks not directly involving patient care; (4) a total of 87% of 53 non-traditional tasks were deemed unsafe to delegate to UAPs; (5) for the non-traditional tasks, all 19 items dealing with asepsis were deemed unsafe by respondents, as were all 17 items dealing with safety and 10 items related to assessment; (6) the highest approval rating for a non-traditional task was using a UAPs report of patient temperature as the basis for administering an antipyretic; and (7) 56% of the faculty felt that UAPs should be certified and 65% desired state registration. (Contains 46 references.) (A cover letter and the survey instrument are appended.) (MAB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Princeton Univ., NJ. Mid-Career Fellowship Program.
Note: In its: Issues of Education at Community Colleges: Essays by Fellows in the Mid-Career Fellowship Program at Princeton University; see JC 950 341.