Effective Delegation in Nursing What would you term as effective delegation in nursing? The general definition of delegation is “to entrust to another responsibility”. (Lanette A., 2012) Drawing from this, the basic requirement for effective delegation is trust. Therefore, we ask ourselves: does the RN trust the delegate? Trust can only be achieved if there are clear expectations and the delegate has the capacity to fulfill those expectations. It occurs that delegation is a contentious issue which combines both management and decision-making concepts. Its open nature means that the delegator retains full responsibility for the entire process.