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ERIC Number: ED540406
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Delegation. Position Statement. Revised
Board, Connie; Bushmiaer, Margo; Davis-Alldritt, Linda; Fekaris, Nina; Morgitan, Judith; Murphy, M. Kathleen; Yow, Barbara
National Association of School Nurses (NJ1)
It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that the delegation of nursing tasks in the school setting can be a valuable tool for the school nurse, when based on the nursing definition of delegation and in compliance with state nursing regulations and guidance. Delegation in school nursing is a complex process in which the authority to perform a selected nursing task is transferred to a competent unlicensed individual (UAP) in a specific situation. The decision to delegate and the supervision of delegation of nursing tasks in the school setting rest solely with the registered nurse, who makes the determination to delegate based on nursing assessment and in compliance with applicable laws and guidance provided by professional nursing associations. The safety and welfare of the individual student and the broader school community must be the central focus of all decisions regarding the delegation of nursing tasks and functions (ANA/NCBSN, 2006). Delegation is used effectively in some areas, but unsafe and illegal delegation in school settings can occur. It is important for school districts, registered nurses, health care professionals, parents and the public to understand what activities can be delegated and when delegation is appropriate. (Contains 11 references/resources.) [For the complete report, "Position Statements, Issue Briefs, Resolutions and Consensus Statements. Revised," see ED539227.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Parents; Administrators; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of School Nurses
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)