A nurse on a medical-surgical floor is preparing to discharge a patient. The patient still has an IV access that needs to be removed. While preparing the discharge instructions, the nurse should delegate this task to which of the following personnel?

A licensed vocational or practical nurse (LVN or LPN)

Explanation

•The nurse may delegate tasks to personnel that have been trained to perform the tasks, including LPNs or LVNs. There are some CNAs that have also been trained to perform tasks like IV removal.

•Nurses are not authorized to delegate tasks to a physician or personnel with more training than themselves.

•A medical receptionist is a member of the healthcare team responsible for clerical duties, but patient care is not an appropriate task to delegate to them.

•The nurse may request that the charge nurse perform this task, but the staff nurse should not delegate to the charge nurse.

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