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INTRAVESICULAR ADMINISTRATION OF CHEMOTHERAPEUTIC AND GENERAL MEDICATIONS
 
At its regularly scheduled meeting on July 22, 2014, the Maryland Board of Nursing (the Board) was asked to consider the following question:

With adequate training and education, is it within the scope of practice for an RN to administer intravesical (via Foley) [into the urinary bladder] medications of both a chemotherapeutic and general nature?

At that July 2014 meeting, the Board stated: “[T]his is a practice that’s within the scope for any licensed nurse.”

At its regularly scheduled meeting on April 27, 2016, the Board reconsidered its July 2014 statement, reviewed available evidence and its regulations, and clarified that only a Registered Nurse (not a Licensed Practical Nurse) with adequate training and education may administer intravesical medications of a chemotherapeutic and general nature. 

 

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