Navigating Delegation in the School Setting

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Release date: 05/28/2021
Expiration date: 05/26/2025*
*(The module must be completed by this date to earn contact hours.)


Upon successful completion of this module and the module evaluation, participants will receive
1.2 Nursing Continuing Professional Development Contact Hours.

Course Description:

Delegation is a concept that is challenging no matter how long a School Nurse has been practicing. The decision to delegate is impacted by numerous variables, such as the School Nurse’s State Nurse Practice Act, school district policy, the School Nurse and delegatee’s job description, along with education, training, and experience of not only the delegatee but the School Nurse as well. This module outlines the factors that the School Nurse should consider when deciding whether to delegate. The module also provides case studies to actively engage the learner in their understanding of delegation.

Course Outline:

  • Reviewing the Basics
  • Responsibilities of the School Nurse
  • Deciding to Delegate
  • Responsibilities of the Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP)
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Exploring Delegation Case Studies
  • Points to Remember

At the end of this module, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe the principles of nursing delegation applied to the school setting.
  2. Outline the role of the School Nurse when delegating.
  3. Summarize the role of the (UAP) whom a task is delegated to.
  4. Apply the principles of delegation using the included case studies.

Intended audience:

This continuing education program is a knowledge-based activity developed to meet the educational needs of School Nurses.


Teresa DuChateau, DNP, RN
School Health Associates

Bette Carr, MSN, RN
School Health Associates

Content Expert:
Valerie Hon, BSN, RN
District Nurse, Safety Committee Chairperson
Portage Community School District

Faculty and Program Planner Disclosures:

No one in control of educational content has any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies (those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.)

Approval Statement:

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Navigating Delegation in the School Setting