The nurse begins administration of blood to a client on a medical unit. The nurse knows that which of the following activities is inappropriate to delegate to the unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP)?

  • assist with bathing
  • obtain a snack from the kitchen
  • explain to the client the reason for the transfusion
  • obtain the client’s blood pressure
Number 3 is correct.
Explaining the reason for the transfusion requires the knowledge base of a nurse. As such, this activity may not be delegated to a UAP. In contrast, the other stated activities are within the scope of practice of a UAP.