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49 Pa. Code § 21.14. Administration of drugs.

§ 21.14. Administration of drugs.

 (a)  A licensed registered nurse may administer a drug ordered for a patient in the dosage and manner prescribed.

 (b)  A licensed registered nurse, responsible for administering a drug, may supervise a graduate nurse or a nursing student in an approved nursing education program in the administration of the drug. In this section, ‘‘supervise’’ means the licensed registered nurse is physically present in the area or unit where the student or unlicensed graduate is practicing. This definition is not intended to limit in any way the practice of practical nursing as defined in the Practical Nurse Law (63 P.S. § §  651—667).


   The provisions of this §  21.14 amended under section 2.1(k) of The Professional Nursing Law (63 P.S. §  212.1(k)); and section 17.6 of the Practical Nurse Law (63 P.S. §  667.6).


   The provisions of this §  21.14 amended October 22, 1976, effective October 23, 1976, 6 Pa.B. 2677; amended November 4, 1977, effective November 5, 1977, 7 Pa.B. 3263; amended December 19, 2003, effective December 20, 2003, 33 Pa.B. 6219. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (261719) to (261720).

Cross References

   This section cited in 28 Pa. Code §  107.64 (relating to administration of drugs); 49 Pa. Code §  21.413 (relating to interpretations regarding the administration of drugs—statement of policy); and 49 Pa. Code §  21.803 (relating to applicability of rules relating to professional nurses).

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