Oregon Statutes - Chapter 678 - Nurses; Nursing Home Administrators - Section 678.445 - Authority of nursing assistants to administer noninjectable medication; authority of nurse to report questions about continuation of medication.

(1) It is the intent of the Legislative Assembly that the Oregon State Board of Nursing not adopt any standard the practical effect of which is to prohibit a nursing assistant in a long term care facility from administering noninjectable medication except under direct supervision of a registered nurse.

(2) Where a nurse employed by the long term care facility questions the efficacy, need or safety of continuation of medications being dispensed by that nurse or by another employee of the facility to a patient therein, the nurse shall report that question to the physician or a nurse practitioner, if authorized to do so, ordering or authorizing the medication and shall seek further instructions concerning the continuation of the medication. [1979 c.770 §18]

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