Nursing Advisory Opinions

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Board of Nursing may issue or decline to issue advisory opinions defining acts which in the opinion of the Board are or are not permitted in the practice of nursing. These opinions are informational only and are nonbinding.

If an advisory opinion determines that a specific activity is permitted in the practice of nursing, nurses are still accountable to be competent for all nursing care that they provide. Competence means the ability of the nurse to apply interpersonal, technical and decision-making skills at the level of knowledge consistent with the prevailing standard for the nursing activity being applied. Accountability includes acknowledgement of personal limitations in knowledge and skills, and communicating the need for specialized instruction prior to providing any nursing activity. If a nurse does not personally have the competence to perform an activity, that activity is not permitted for that particular nurse regardless of the determination of the advisory opinion.

To request an advisory opinion, contact the Licensure Unit's Nursing Practice Consultant.

Advisory Opinions

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Retired Opinions

Retired Opinions - Unless noted otherwise, the below opinions were retired in favor of the Decision-Making Model.

  • Accountability     Retired 12/2016
  • Arterial Lines      10/2016
  • Cardioversion      8/2016
  • Casting     4/2018
  • Chest Tube Removal     8/2016
  • Chronic Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD)     8/2016
  • Cosmetic and Dermatologic Procedures     Retired 10/2021
  • Delegation of Vagal Nerve Stimulation     8/2013
  • Deployment of Vascular Closure Devices    8/2020
  • Epicardial Pacing Wires     8/2016
  • Gastric Band Adjustments     5/2017
  • Gastric Tube Insertion     8/2016
  • Gastrostomy, Jejunostomy, and Suprapubic Tube Replacement    8/2016
  • Intraosseous Cannulation     8/2016
  • Intrauterine Pressure Catheters     12/2016
  • Internal Fetal Scalp Electrodes     8/2016
  • Joint Injections      Retired 10/2017
  • LPN & Gynecological Services     12/2016
  • LPN & Laboring Obstetrical Patients    12/2016
  • LPNs & Respiratory Care     8/2016
  • Nonsurgical Wound Closure  Retired 12/2019
  • PICC/Central Lines     10/2018
  • Procedural Sedation and Analgesia     Retired 8/2021
  • RN & EMTALA     Retired 7/2018
  • RN First Assist     10/2016
  • RNs and Airway Management     2/2017
  • Standing Orders & Protocols      5/2017
  • Suturing and Skin Adhesives: Wound Closure and Anchoring  Retired 4/2018
  • Umbilical Catheters      8/2016
  • Wound Care Techniques    Retired 4/2018