The registered nurse is delegating client assignments to unlicensed assistive personnel. Which of the following clients does not require additional monitoring and assessment and may be delegated to unlicensed assistive personnel?
A client who has been experiencing diarrhea and has a serum chloride level of 100 mEq/L
Normal serum chloride is 95 to 105 mEq/L. A client with diarrhea may experience a low chloride level, but 100 mEq/L is within the normal range and may be delegated to unlicensed assistive personnel. Normal serum magnesium is 1.5 to 2.5 mEq/L. A magnesium level of 3.0 mEq/L is elevated and may occur in renal failure. Phosphate levels may be elevated with healing fractures. A phosphate level of 5.0 mg/dl is elevated. Normal serum phosphate is 2.8 to 4.5 mg/dl. A sodium level of 128 mEq/L is decreased and may be found with dehydration. Normal serum sodium is 135 to 145 mEq/L.