Clarify what it is you are being asked to do
Gather facts that may influence the decision
- Are there written policies/procedures available to describe how and under what circumstances you will perform this task?
- Does the new responsibility require professional judgment or simply the acquisition of a new skill?
- Is this a new expectation for all RNs, LPNs?
- Has this been done before by others in your unit or facility?
- Is it just new to you?
- What about the other facilities in your community or region?
- What are the nurse managers’ expectations about you or other nurses becoming responsible for this procedure?
- When will this become effective?
- Will there be an opportunity to help you attain the needed clinical competency?
- Who will be responsible for the initial supervision and evaluation of this newly performed task?
- Will you be given additional time to learn the skill if you need it?