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Goal and Learning Outcomes

Delegation is a very important means for accurately, efficiently, and safely providing patient care. It is a skill, an art, and a responsibility. When delegation is performed well, it makes a positive impact on patient care and team building. When performed poorly, problems can arise. Concepts of teamwork are a fundamental component of delegation. It is essential to achieve excellence in teamwork through shared leadership, delegation, and participatory supervision. Learn how to approach delegation in a wise and informed manner and to gain strategies for effectively delegating to team members as appropriate. Methods to help your preceptee develop delegation skills are presented in this course.

The goal of this course is to equip nurses in the ambulatory care setting with knowledge associated with the principles of delegation and the role teamwork plays in effective delegation.

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Develop effective delegation skills
  • List the Five Rights of Delegation
  • Identify common problems with optimal delegation and teamwork based on research and field evidence
  • Define supervision and accountability
  • Communicate effectively with assistive personnel to improve patient/family outcomes
  • Interpret the Five Rights of Delegation.
  • Identify outcomes of optimal and suboptimal delegation and teamwork.
  • Choose methods for developing others’ delegation skills.

Course Termination Date: Not yet determined

Course Originally Released On: 11/01/21

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Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP#13791

Disclaimer: Not all courses will provide California Board of Registered Nursing approval. Per California Assembly Bill No. 241, continuing education courses related to direct patient care shall address at least one or a combination of the following:(1) Examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions of licensees, leading to disparities in health outcomes; or (2) Strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.



Relias LLC reports to CEBroker for the following boards (Provider # 50-1489): Arkansas State Board Of Nursing, District Of Columbia Board Of Nursing, Florida Board Of Nursing, Georgia Board Of Nursing, New Mexico Board Of Nursing, South Carolina Board Of Nursing and  West Virginia Board Of Examiners For Registered Professional Nurses


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None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.