August 22, 2023

Five Rights of Delegation

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Delegation is an essential aspect of nursing practice that allows healthcare personnel to work together effectively to provide high-quality care to patients. It promotes teamwork, improves patient outcomes, enhances nursing practice, and helps develop other healthcare personnel’s skills. The five (5) rights of delegation serve to guide appropriate transfer of responsibility for the performance of an activity or task to another person.


 Right Task

  • Within delegatee’s scope of practice
  • Routine, frequently recurring task, minimal potential risk
  • Established sequence of steps; requires little to no

    modification for individual patients

  • Predictable outcome

 Right Circumstance

  • Stable patient, non-complex task
  • Adequate staffing, resources & supervision available

 Right Person

  • Delegator should assess competency prior to delegating
  • Delegatee must have the appropriate knowledge, skills &


 Right Direction/   Communication

  • Delegator needs to provide clear instructions; must include specific patient concerns & observations to be reported back or recorded
  • Delegatee should verbalize understanding & have the opportunity to ask questions.

 Right Supervision/   Evaluation

  • Monitor, evaluate & intervene as needed
  • Delegator retains ultimate accountability for task