Which of the following tasks would an RN NOT delegate to an LPN?

  • changing a sterile dressing on a stage 3 decubitus ulcer
  • assessing a 30-year-old female’s ability to ambulate after surgery
  • administering a tube feeding for a 36-year-old male with ALS
  • inserting a Foley catheter for a 79-year-old male with prostate cancer
Number 2 is correct.
Initial assessment, such as a post-op client, is the responsibility of an RN and cannot be delegated. Examples 1, 3, and 4 are all tasks that an RN can delegate to an LPN as long as the client is stable.