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Delegation Resource Packet

The RN delegation rules have been revised on several occasions with the most recent revisions in effect on February 19, 2003. As the rule title indicates, Rule 224 Delegation of Nursing Tasks by Registered Professional Nurses to Unlicensed Personnel for Clients with Acute Conditions or in Acute Care Environments governs RN delegation to unlicensed personnel in acute care environments or for clients with acute conditions. The complementary Rule 225 RN Delegation to Unlicensed Personnel and Tasks Not Requiring Delegation in Independent Living Environments for Clients with Stable and Predictable Conditions relates to RN delegation and exemption from delegation in the independent living environments for clients with stable and predictable conditions. The delegation rules were revised to add clarity and guidance for RNs choosing to delegate. However, many find delegation to be a perplexing concept with multiple nuances. This information packet was created to afford RNs clearer direction for delegation in a variety of settings thereby improving the delegation process.