WSR 04-17-045

POLICY STATEMENT

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed August 10, 2004, 1:22 p.m. ]


NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF A POLICY STATEMENT


Title of Policy: Can a registered nurse (RN) delegate medication assistance to a certified nursing assistant (CNA) if the main caregiver can no longer help the patient? This may involve changing Duragesic patches.

Issuing Entity: Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.

Description: A registered nurse (RN) has the authority to delegate certain tasks to a certified nursing assistant (CNA). The registered nurse is responsible for determining whether the delegated appointee has the knowledge or training to carry out the task and may ask for return demonstration before proceeding.

Effective Date: September 2003.

Contact Person: Chuck Cumiskey, Nurse Practice Manager, Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission, Department of Health, P.O. Box 47864, Olympia, WA 98504-7864, (360) 236-4725.

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