Delegation in Nursing

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Although the roles and responsibilities of delegation have transformed over time, the foundational need for nurses to delegate is not a new concept. Florence Nightingale herself identified the need for the nurse to delegate tasks to others (Saccomano & Pinto-Zipp, 2014). The necessity for delegation has evolved and expanded as health care has developed and transitioned into a variety of community and acute care settings (Hasson et al., 2013). Delegation competencies rae present throughout a variety of foundational aspects of nursing practice, such as state licensure descriptions, the national licensure examination for nurses, and in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's baccalaureate essentials (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2008). The skill and process of delegation is paramount in the current era of health care reform and will only increase in application and function as the role of the nurse broadens.

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