A charge nurse is preparing client care assignments for the upcoming shift. A client who underwent a laminectomy is scheduled to return from the recovery care unit. Which staff member should receive this client?

  1. graduate nurse with 3 months of experience
  2. RN with 1 year of experience
  3. certified nursing assistant with 5 years of experience
  4. charge nurse with 2 years of experience
Number 2 is correct.
Rationale: As the client will require neurologic assessment, the RN should receive the client. The graduate nurse and certified nursing assistant both lack sufficient assessment skills. The charge nurse is needed to supervise the unit.