A nurse on the cardiac telemetry floor is preparing to admit a new patient with complaints of chest pain and shortness of breath. The nurse may delegate to the certified nursing assistant (CNA) which one of the following? 

Obtaining the admission weight

Explanation

•Each hospital has policies and procedures which outline the tasks that a certified nursing assistant (CNA) may perform.

•A nurse may delegate the task of weighing patients and obtaining and recording vital signs.

•The documentation of a nursing admission history and physical assessment are the nurse's responsibility and may not be delegated.

•The initiation of intravenous (IV) access is also the responsibility of the nurse and should not be delegated to personnel who have not had specialized training to perform the task.

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