Delegation in Long-term Care: Scope of practice or job description?


Journal Article

This study is a qualitative, descriptive study of how registered nurses (RNs) (N=33) in leadership roles in institutionalized long-term care settings delegate care, including their strategies and processes for delegating care, and their perceptions of barriers to effective delegation and potential benefits of delegation. Findings indicate two key approaches to delegation, including the "follow the job description" approach, emphasizing adherence to facility-level roles and job descriptions, and the "consider the scope of practice" approach, emphasizing consideration of multiple aspects of scope of practice and licensure, and the context of care. While the former resulted in more clarity and certainty for the RN, the latter facilitated a focus on quality of resident care outcomes as linked to the delegation process. Barriers to effective delegation were comparable among RNs using either approach to delegation, and almost all RNs could describe benefits of delegation for long-term care.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Corazzini, KN; Anderson, RA; Rapp, CG; Mueller, C; McConnell, ES; Lekan, D

Published Date

  • May 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 2

PubMed ID

  • 25006330

Pubmed Central ID

  • 25006330

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1091-3734

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3912/OJIN.Vol15No02Man04


  • eng