A nurse is working with a new, unlicensed nursing assistant. When caring for a diabetic patient with dehydration, which tasks can be delegated to the nursing assistant?

Assisting with ambulation
Carrying out fingerstick blood glucose
Providing oral care
Providing routine skin care
Testing urine for ketones


• Tasks that are routine within the appropriate scope of practice can be delegated to unlicensed staff. This includes providing oral care, normal skin care, assisting with ambulation, and testing urine.

• Unlicensed personnel can perform noninvasive procedures or tasks including finger sticks. However, always check with your facility to verify their particular protocol.

• Unlicensed personnel cannot administer medication.

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