What should the nurse do? A nurse and newly hired nursing assistant are caring for a group of clients. The nurse is administering medications and needs to know the fingerstick glucose results before administering a medication. The nurse asks the nursing assistant if she's been validated on obtaining fingerstick glucose readings. The nursing assistant says she didn't have the skill validated, but she's seen it done many times and knows she can do it.
A. Give the nursing assistant the glucose meter, and let her perform the fingerstick. B. Ask the nursing assistant to verbally explain the procedure before allowing her to perform it. C. Go with the nursing assistant into the client s room, and validate her ability to perform the procedure. D. Perform the fingerstick glucose testing herself.
Before nursing assistants may assist with patients, each skill must be validated. If it isn’t then it must be validated first, then she can begin to conduct that task on clients. Often times, a new nursing assistant will be paired with a veteran nurse so that the nurse can help train the nursing assistant with their job.
Therefore, if a client needs to have his glucose checked by a fingerstick glucose reading, the nursing assistant must have the skills validated.
The nursing assistant may feel that she has seen the procedure done many times, but she still must be validated. In that case, the nursing assistant would go into the client’s room and then validate her ability to perform the procedure.
Go with the nursing assistant into the client\ s room, and validate her ability to perform the procedure.-rationale: the nurse should validate the nursing assistants ability to perform the fingerstick glucose procedure. the nursing assistant may not perform the procedure without having her skills validated by actually performing the procedure. providing a verbal explanation isnt sufficient. if the nurse performs the procedure on her own, she forfeits the opportunity to validate the nursing assistants skills, and therefore underutilizes the nursing assistant.client needs category: safe, effective care environmentclient needs subcategory: management of carecognitive level: applicationreference: taylor, c., et al. fundamentals of nursing: the art and science of nursing care, 6th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2008, p. 312.