Navigating the Complex World of Delegation

Shirley Fields McCoy, MS, RN-BC & Melanie Duffy, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCN



Effective delegation requires knowledge and skills in matching the task to be carried out and the delegate.  Registered nurses are expected to be knowledgeable about the principles of delegation, associated risks and benefits, and state laws and regulations governing their practice.

Today's health care environment demands that RNs have the knowledge and critical thinking skills to effectively delegate to others. Effective delegation can be a challenging skill to develop because of the fear of mistakes, loss of control and lack of trust in the delegate. Learn how to deepen your critical thinking skills, enhance how you delegate and resolve fears associated with delegation.

Purpose/Goal: The purpose of this webinar is to assist RNs delegate effectively.


Objective 1:Define relevant principles
Objective 2:Provide registered nurses with practice strategies when delegating.


Shirley Fields McCoy, MS, RN-BC has practiced as an RN for 32 years. She has used delegation in multiple practice settings. As a nurse educator in academic and hospital settings she has taught what delegation is and how to use it appropriately following the ANA Guidelines and the Ohio Board of Nursing Rules. Most recently Shirley was part of the ANA CNPE work-group that rewrote the ANA Principles for Delegation.

Melanie Duffy, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS has been a Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for more than 20 years. She practices in the 3 Spheres of Influence of the CNS. In addition, Melanie teaches in multiple Critical Care Courses as well as mentoring novice and senior Critical Care staff and graduate CNS students. She was also co-chair of ANA's CNPE Practice/Regulation Committee for the past 2 years. The committee was charged with revising the "Principles Of Delegation."

Disclosure: The authors and planners of this continuing nursing education activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.

Contact Hours: 1

Expiration Date: 3/20/2016


Member Price: $15.00
Non-Member Price: $30.00

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