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?
• 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.