Delegating in nursing continues to be legal minefield – Alabama Nursing Board Defense Lawyer – Call Today! – (866) 348-2889
A nurse asked if she might be liable for delegating the responsibility to a nursing assistant to help ambulate a patient to the bathroom and the patient were to fall and the nurse was not there to oversee it.
Delegating in nursing, including tasks and responsibilities, has been the subject of many of my blogs. It continues to be a real liability concern for all nurses, whether the delegation is to another RN, LPN or nursing assistants.
The legal concepts and resulting potential liability have not changed over the years. This is helpful to nurses who delegate to others on the patient care team. Even so, it is important to review those concepts and possible liability.