A nurse on the pediatric ICU is caring for a 3-day old infant with a cleft palate. The nurse may delegate to the certified nursing assistant which of the following activities of daily living for the infant?


•CNAs have been trained in appropriate bathing for the specific patient population that they work with, so this is an appropriate task for the nurse to delegate.

•These children have varying degrees of palate opening, so mouth care should only be performed by a licensed nurse to prevent bacteria from being introduced through the palate opening. 

•An infant with a cleft palate often must be fed with a special nipple due to the risk of aspiration. 

•Placement of a nasogastric tube is a task that must be performed only by licensed personnel due to the risk of incorrect placement into the lungs instead of the stomach.

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