An RN is supervising a team of LPNs on the med-surg floor. All of the following tasks can be delegated to a competent LPN EXCEPT

  • collecting a sputum sample to be sent to the lab.
  • performing a sterile straight catheterization on a 58-year-old male.
  • administering a metered dose inhaler medication to a 23-year-old asthmatic.
  • completing an admissions assessment for a client transferred from a long-term-care facility.
Number 4 is correct.
The RN cannot delegate an admission assessment to an LPN. Initial, comprehensive, and baseline assessments, such as a new client admitted to the floor, are the responsibility of an RN. An LPN may perform a focused assessment on a stable client.