Developing Delegation Skills

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There is no doubt that delegation skills are needed in healthcare. At its worst, delegation can be used as a form of abdication, but at its best, delegation can provide enormous benefits resulting from the optimum use of human resources.

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Several definitions of delegation can be found within nursing literature, but they all share the same emphasis - that even though the work is done by a junior member of staff, the accountability and responsibility remain with the delegator, who needs to ensure the work is assigned appropriately.


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Anne Watkins
Anne is a freelance lecturer and medical writer at Mind Body Ink. She is a former midwife and nurse teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare, stress management and medical hypnosis. Her background includes working as a hospital midwife, Critical Care nurse, lecturer in Neonatal Intensive Care, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a company making life support equipment. Anne has also studied many forms of complementary medicine and has extensive experience in the field of clinical hypnosis. She has a special interest in integrating complementary medicine into conventional healthcare settings and is currently an Associate Tutor, lecturing in Health Coaching and Medical Hypnosis at Exeter University in the UK. As a former Midwife, Anne has a natural passion for writing about fertility, pregnancy, birthing and baby care. Her recent publications include The Health Factor, Coach Yourself To Better Health and Positive Thinking For Kids. You can read more about her work at
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Mia-Louise Hogan
21 Jun 2021
Excellent article. Very thorough and informative.
jayson botoy
12 Apr 2020
Deidre Johnson
15 Apr 2020
As an Enrolled nurse this short article re enforced the responsibilities given to me by my Registered nurse and the trust that is shown in my nursing performance
Armour Ncube
23 Jan 2021
Delegation and delegates was well explained
Stephanie Portch
04 May 2020
Great read.
Elly-Maree El-Bitar
02 Apr 2020
great article with relevant resources. good to see an article on something "simple" as these things are often very important and should be carried out in a team setting.
16 May 2020
Cathryn Heywood
03 Sep 2022
Relevant to our current workforce of introducing rusoms and rusons
Debora Doidge
13 Jun 2020
Clear and a good summary for reference in the future
Liz hamilton
01 Apr 2020
Short and sweet
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