Live Support

Delegating Effectively

Online, self-paced CE course

Thrive in today's health care environment

Cost: US$30

CE Credit: 4.2 contact hours

Subscription Length: 3 weeks

Enroll Now: Go to NCSBN's Online Campus Now

Audience: This self-paced online CE course was developed for licensed nurses - both Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses (LPN/LVN) who delegate nursing care functions.*

*Note that in most states, RNs are authorized to delegate. In some states, LPN/VNs are authorized to delegate in specified settings and/or circumstances. State Nurse Practice Acts determine what level of licensed nurse is authorized to delegate. Refer to your state's nurse practice act and board of nursing for specific information about the authorization to delegate based on level of nursing licensure. Go to to find contact information for your board of nursing.

Hone your nursing delegation skills.

Delegating Course Avatar

Are you responsible for delegating tasks to unlicensed assistive personnel? The environment that nurses practice in today is fast-paced and often under-staffed.

To help you practice safely and confidently, this course breaks down the process of nursing delegation, including:

  • Who can delegate?
  • Who can be delegated to?
  • What nursing tasks can be delegated?
  • What are some red flags to watch out for?

For only $30, you will receive three weeks of unlimited, 24-hour access to the course, earning 4.2 contact hours!

Start enhancing your nurse delegation skills by signing up today!

Implement the "who, what, where and when" of nurse delegation!

Master these course objectives:

  • Define delegation.
  • Differentiate between responsibility and accountability.
  • Compare the level of accountability for the delegating nurse and the delegatee.
  • List the benefits of effective delegation.
  • List the barriers to effective delegation.
  • List the steps in the delegation process.
  • Discuss the five “rights” of delegation.
  • Identify “red flags” of inappropriate delegation.
  • Describe how delegation influences client outcomes.
  • Identify when a delegated activity is inappropriate for the level of personnel.
  • Develop a plan for corrective action when delegatees do not perform a task as delegated.

Study nursing delegation in an interactive online setting.

This course uses some of the learning aids developed for the Delegating Effectively: Working Through and With Assistive Personnel video and facilitation package (©2002 NCSBN) and the NCSBN document, Working with Others: A Position Paper (©2005).

Experience e-learning at its best as you:

  1. Watch and learn — View clips from the Delegating Effectively video, following the story of a patient in a hospital, Ms. Campbell, and her care by an RN, an LPN and a nurse aide. (These clips are streaming video in Windows Media or QuickTime formats).

  2. Learn by doing — Apply your knowledge and expertise to the day-to-day situations you encounter through practical exercises and video scenarios.

  3. Reflect on what you learn — Complete short-answer and essay questions in the downloadable workbook. Note: Completion of the workbook may be necessary to meet board of nursing requirements.

  4. Complete the course at your own pace — Guide yourself through the course and complete assignments at your convenience.

Sign up now – and come away with useful nurse delegation skills!


Delegating Effectively: Working Through and With Assistive Personnel, copyright ©2002 National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN), and the NCSBN document, Working with Others: A Position Paper, copyright ©2005 NCSBN. 

Content developers are from NCSBN committees:

NCSBN Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP) Task Force (1997)

  • Marie Fisher, RN, C, MS, Chair
  • Judy Bontrager, RN, MN
  • Vicky Burbach, RN, MS
  • Polly Johnson, RN, MSN
  • R. Wynne Simpkins, RN, MS
  • Vickie Sheets, JD, RN, CAE, NCSBN Staff

NCSBN Practice, Regulation & Education Subcommittee on Delegation and Assistive Personnel (2005)

  • Cheryl Koski, RN, MN, CS, Chair
  • Mary Bubaugh, RN, MSN
  • Sue Deroen, RN, BSN
  • Julia George, RN, MSN
  • Judith Hiner, RN, CNA, BC
  • George Herbert, RN, MA, APN, C
  • Janette E. Wackerly, RN, MBA
  • Vickie Sheets, RN, JD, CAE, NCSBN Staff