WSR 98-07-072

INTERPRETIVE STATEMENT

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

[Filed March 17, 1998, 4:21 p.m.]





notice of adoption of interpretive statement



Title: "Can a pharmacist take nursing orders from a physician and relay those orders to the RN?"

Issuing Entity: Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.

Subject: The commission issued an advisory opinion in response to the request from Patti Igarashi, Coram Alternative Site Services, Inc.



Title: "May a registered nurse administer Cytotec (misoprostol) for cervical ripening?"

Issuing Entity: Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.

Subject: The commission issued an advisory opinion in response to the request from Deborah Swennes, RNC, Director, Maternal Child Health, St. John Medical Center.



Title: "Can Emergency Department Registered Nurses delegate tasks such as vital signs, starting an IV, or venipuncture for blood sampling, and the cleaning of minor wounds for suturing by the Emergency Department physician, to EMT/IV technician's and/or Paramedics who are not employed in the Department? May the prehospital personnel document on our Emergency Department flow sheet the delegated takes [tasks] they do?"

Issuing Entity: Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.

Subject: The commission issued an advisory opinion in response to the request from Kathleen Watkins, RN, Assistant Administrator, Patient Care Services, Samaritan Hospital, Moses Lake.



Title: "May a specially trained (didactic and clinical) nursing assistant certified, hand physicians instruments during a C/section or tubal?"

Issuing Entity: Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.

Subject: The commission issued an advisory opinion in response to the request from Marcia Tolmasoff, RNC, Manager, Family Birth Center, Southwest WA Medical Center, Vancouver.



Effective Date: February 12, 1998.

Contact Person: Jeanne E. Vincent, RN, MS, Associate Nurse Practice Manager, Department of Health, Nursing Care Commission, P.O. Box 47864, Olympia, WA 98504-7864, (360) 664-2881.  

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