Integrative review: Factors impacting effective delegation practices by registered nurses to assistants in nursing

Carol Crevacore, Elisabeth Jacob, Linda L. Coventry, Christine Duffield

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Aim: To identify the evidence on factors that impact delegation practices by Registered Nurses to Assistants in Nursing in acute care hospitals. Design: An integrative review. Data Sources: Database searches were conducted between July 2011 and July 2021. Review Methods: We used the 12-step approach by Kable and colleagues to document the search strategy. The (Whittemore & Knafl. 2005. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 52(5), 546–553) integrative review framework method was adopted and the methodological quality of the studies was assessed using Joanna Briggs critical appraisal instruments. Results: Nine studies were included. Delegation between the Registered Nurse and the Assistant in Nursing is a complex but critical leadership skill which is impacted by the Registered Nurse's understanding of the Assistant in Nursing's role, scope of practice and job description. Newly qualified nurses lacked the necessary leadership skills to delegate. Further education on delegation is required in pre-registration studies and during nurses' careers to ensure Registered Nurses are equipped with the skills and knowledge to delegate effectively. Conclusion: With increasing numbers of Assistants in Nursing working in the acute care environment, it is essential that Registered Nurses are equipped with the appropriate leadership skills to ensure safe delegation practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)885-895
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023
Externally publishedYes


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