The options include
If you believe that you can provide safe patient care based upon your current knowledge base, or with additional education and skill practice, you may be ready to accept this new responsibility.
You will then be ethically and legally responsible for performing this new procedure at an acceptable level of competence.
If you believe you will be unable to perform the new task competently, then further discussion with the nurse manager is necessary.
At this point, you may also ask to consult with the next level of management, nurse executive, or the Board of Nursing so that you can discuss various perspectives regarding this issue.
Is this procedure new to you, but other nurses in the organization with similar patient populations are already performing this procedure?
To what do you relate your reluctance to accept this responsibility?
Is it a workload issue or is it a competence issue?
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