The nurse is delegating tasks to an unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP). Which client task should the nurse delegate to the UAP?

  • a client whose IV infiltrated and needs replacing
  • a client on BiPAP who needs arterial blood gases (ABGs) drawn
  • a client with mild dementia who needs assistance with her food tray
  • a client who needs a wet-to-dry dressing change on an abdominal incision
Number 3 is correct.
Assessing the IV site and inserting an IV is beyond the scope of practice for a UAP and should be performed only by the licensed nurse. Drawing ABGs should be performed by the licensed nurse or respiratory therapist per facility policy. Assisting a client with a meal tray is within the scope of practice for a UAP. Dressing changes should be performed by the licensed nurse. UAPs may not provide direct nursing care or perform nursing interventions requiring specialized nursing knowledge, judgment, or skill.

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