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The RN's scheduled ongoing safety evaluation of an existing delegation can occur electronically. This means that the RN may assess their client, and evaluate the assistive person's continued ability to perform the delegated procedure on the client safely, via an electronic modality. The RN must continue to generate thorough, clear, accurate and timely documentation of these processes and outcomes.
The Board of Nursing has received reports of nurses refusing to care for patients when their hospital is following state OHA guidelines rather than the CDC or WHO. Per the Nurse Practice Act, a nurse has the legal ability to decline a patient assignment when the nurse does not have the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies to complete the assignment safely. The OSBN position statement regarding practicing nurses, personal protective equipment, and COVID-19 (updated) states that if the only reason the nurse is refusing is because the organization is following OHA rather than CDC or WHO, that reason alone is not sufficient to refuse an assignment.
Nurses who hold current Oregon RN or LPN licenses who want to assist with the state's COVID-19 response can sign up here to be on Oregon's emergency volunteer registry.
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