State Regulation Resources for Oregon
Source Type of Guidance
Oregon State Board of Nursing
Policy Guideline

Oregon State Board of Nursing Policy Guideline: Nursing Scope of Practice for the Use of Sedating and Anesthetic Agents (2-2006)

  • The Oregon State Board of Nursing affirms that it is within the role and scope of practice for the RN, NP and CNS to administer sedating and anesthetic agents to produce moderate and deep procedural sedation and moderate and deep sedation for the non-intubated or intubated/ ventilated patient, provided that the nurse have the specified knowledge and skills and specified requirements are met.
  • The RN, NP or CNS may also manage patients who are recovering from sedation.
  • In addition, there are other special circumstances in which a nurse, under the direction of a LIP, may use Ketamine in non-intubated patients provided appropriate criteria are met.
  • The administration of sedating and anesthetic agents for the purposes of moderate or deep sedation expressed by this policy exceeds the scope of practice for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP). These guidelines do not apply to Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).
Read the Oregon Board of Nursing Policy Guideline

Oregon State Board of NursingPolicy Guideline

Oregon State Board of Nursing Policy Guideline - Appendix: Questions and Answers (2-2006) – Page 7

Q. I have been offered a job as a RN in a free standing Endoscopy Suite. They want to train me to administer Propofol to sedate patients for procedures. Is it within my scope of practice to administer this drug?

It is within your scope of practice as long as the patient's ASA's physical status classification is I, II or III (adult) or I or II (pediatric) and the nurse responsibility and requirements relating to procedural sedation are met.

Read the Oregon Board of Nursing Policy Guideline  (Page 7)

Oregon Revised Statutes
Oregon Revised Statutes Chapter 678 -
MDs, DOs, RNs,
678.255 Provision of nurse anesthetist services in ambulatory surgical centers. (2009) – Page 16
  • Anesthesia care in an ambulatory surgical center shall be delivered by an anesthesiologist or by a certified registered nurse anesthetist acting with the medical collaboration of an anesthesiologist.
  • When no anesthesiologist is readily available for medical collaboration on anesthesia services for a procedure performed in an ambulatory surgical center, a certified registered nurse anesthetist may deliver services as specified in this section without medical collaboration.
  • This section does not prohibit any other licensed health care professional from rendering or supervising anesthesia services if such services are within the scope of the professional's license.
Read the ORS 678 (Page 16)

Other State Resources

Oregon State Board of Nursing
Oregon State Board of Nursing Administrative Rule
Standards and Scope of Practice for the Licensed Practical Nurse and Registered Nurse 
Oregon Nurses Association
Oregon Medical Board 
Oregon Association of Nurse Anesthetists


*This page last updated March 21, 2010.  The summaries, links and other materials provided on this page are for informational purposes only, may not be comprehensive or applicable to your situation, and nothing on this website constitutes medical, nursing or legal advice.  Other rules or regulations may apply.  Please consult a lawyer to determine compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations.  Please consult the Oregon State Board of Nursing or other appropriate medical professionals or administrators before administering anesthetic or sedative products, to determine proper conduct in your particular situation, to assess currentness of regulations, and to comply with individual facility guidelines and policies.