(Solution) NR395 Week 5 Discussion: Unlicensed Personnel

Purpose and Course Outcomes

The discussion topic this week pertains to the following Course Outcomes.

  • CO 1: Consider the role of the professional nurse in relation to the concepts of integrity and ethical accountability within nursing practice. (POs 4, 6)
  • CO 2: Explore the impact of contemporary healthcare issues on the role of the professional nurse. (PO 7)

Due Date

During the assigned week (Sunday the start of the assigned week through Sunday the end of the assigned week):

  • Posts in the discussion at least two times, and
  • Posts in the discussion on two different days

Points Possible

100 points


  • Discussions are designed to promote dialogue between faculty and students, and students and their peers. In discussions students:
    • Demonstrate understanding of concepts for the week
    • Integrate outside scholarly sources when required
    • Engage in meaningful dialogue with classmates and/or instructor
    • Express opinions clearly and logically, in a professional manner
  • Use the rubric on this page as you compose your answers.
  • Best Practices include:
    • Participation early in the week is encouraged to stimulate meaningful discussion among classmates and instructor.
    • Enter the discussion often during the week to read and learn from posts.
    • Select different classmates for your reply each week.
Discussion Questions


What principles should the professional nurse use when delegating to unlicensed personnel?

Because the licensed nurse is liable for care performed by an unlicensed person, how do you protect yourself and your patients?

What does your state’s nursing law and rules say about delegation to unlicensed workers?

**NOTE: This course does not include lessons. Please use and credit your textbook and assigned sources to earn points in the discussion rubric.


As nurses, we have principles that we have to uphold when delegating tasks to unlicensed personnel. For instance, the American Nurses Association outlines several principles to help guide nurses in the delegation (ANA, 2012). First, nurses are required to operate within the scope and standard of their practice. They should take full responsibility and accountability for the nursing process and provision of nursing practice. Notably, registered nurses are required to ensure that resources are utilized appropriately (ANA, 2012). Although registered nurses can delegate, the principles discourage them from delegating tasks in and around the nursing process. All nurses should consider factors such as experience, awareness, diversity, training, skills, and knowledge of the unlicensed personnel before delegating (ANA, 2012). According to the American Nurses Association (2012), RNs should also adhere to the state and organizational regulations and policies on delegation.

Certainly, licensed nurses assume liability for work delegated to unlicensed persons. As such,…Please click the icon below to purchase full answer at only $10