Inside the program: Charge nurse supervisory and delegation role

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, June 7, 2010

In the supervisory role, charge nurses set expectations regarding professional conduct and behavior, monitor performance, evaluate competency and adherence to regulatory requirements, and communicate expectations and ongoing changes. They do all of this while following supervisory practices that are outlined in their professional practice acts and by the state board of nursing.

Another traditional role is delegation. Throughout the shift, the charge nurse delegates assignments and tasks in order to meet patients’ needs. Delegation of patient care activities is based on the assessment of the patient’s needs and the scope of practice and skills of the individual to whom the assignment is delegated to. Charge nurses must also be able to assess the outcome of a task that is delegated to assure that patient safety was maintained and that the task was completed appropriately.

Source: Charge Nurse Program Builder: Tools for Developing Unit Leaders

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