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New Jersey Board of Nursing

Delegations of Selected Nursing Tasks Model

This model is base on N.J.A.C. 13:37-6.2 "Delegation of selected Nursing Task."

  1. RN assessment of patient's nursing care needs completed?
    • If NO, STOP. Do assessment then proceed with a consideration of delegation.
    • If Yes, continue to the next step.
  2. Is task within a licensed nurse's scope of practice?
    • If NO, STOP. Do not delegate.
    • If Yes, continue to the next step.
  3. Is the unlicensed person identified and properly trained?
    • If NO, STOP. Provide and document training then proceed with a consideration of delegation.
    • If Yes, continue to the next step.
  4. Can the task be performed without requiring judgement based on nursing knowledge?
    • If NO, STOP. Do not delegate.
    • If Yes, continue to the next step.
  5. Are the results of the task reasonably predictable?
    • If NO, STOP. Do not delegate.
    • If Yes, continue to the next step.
  6. Can the task be safely performed according to exact, unchanging directions?
    • If NO, STOP. Do not delegate.
    • If Yes, continue to the next step.
  7. Can the task be performed without a need for complex observations or critical decisions?
    • If NO, STOP. Do not delegate.
    • If Yes, continue to the next step.
  8. Can the task be performed without repeated nursing assessments?
    • If NO, STOP. Do not delegate.
    • If Yes, continue to the next step.
  9. Can the task be performed properly without life threatening consequences?
    • If NO, STOP. Do not delegate.
    • If Yes, continue to the next step.
  10. Is appropriate supervision available?
    • If NO, STOP. Do not delegate.
    • If Yes, continue to the next step.
  11. There are no specific laws or rules prohibiting the delegation?
    • If NO, STOP. Do not delegate.
    • If Yes, continue to the next step.
Last Modified: 2/9/2015 11:15 AM