The importance of working with others and the abilities to delegate, assign, manage and supervise have never been as critical and challenging as in 21st century health care.

  • The number of nurses is not keeping pace with the growing needs for nursing services. 
  • Nurses have traditionally used a variety of nursing assistive personnel in order to meet the needs of clients. 
  • Critical regulatory issues are raised by the use of Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP). 
  • The profession of nursing must determine how to safely and effectively delegate aspects of care to competent others. 

NCSBN's position papers on delegation and working others: