Scope of Registered Nursing Practice in the Administration of IV Fentanyl for the Purpose of Analgesia

April 2009 – It was the advisory opinion of the Board that the administration of Fentanyl to the mechanically ventilated patient in a critical care setting for sedation is within the scope of registered nursing practice.  The registered nurse administering Fentanyl should have documented education preparation related to this drug, including use, actions, side effects and cautions.