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Week 5 Discussion: Unlicensed Personnel

Purpose and Course Outcomes

The discussion topic this week pertains to the following Course Outcomes.

  • CO 1: Consider the role of the professional nurse in relation to the concepts of integrity and ethical accountability within nursing practice. (POs 4, 6)
  • CO 2: Explore the impact of contemporary healthcare issues on the role of the professional nurse. (PO 7)


What principles should the professional nurse use when delegating to unlicensed personnel? Because the licensed nurse is liable for care performed by an unlicensed person, how do you protect yourself and your patients? What does your state’s nursing law and rules say about delegation to unlicensed workers?

**NOTE: Must cite the textbook and 1 outside source

Huston, C. J. (2020). Professional issues in nursing: Challenges and opportunities (5th ed.) Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.

  • Chapter 8: Unlicensed Assistive Personnel and the Registered Nurse, pp. 112-123