Does/Can an RN give anesthetics before procedures such as skin biopsy, laser surgery,

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    Does/Can an RN (working at dermatologistís office, aesthetic clinic etc.) give anesthetics before procedures such as skin biopsy, laser surgery, botox, etc.)?
    If so, what anesthetic medications are most frequently used? Is IV inserted just in case at the same time?

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    I am an RN in a Mohs surgery clinic. I administer local anesthetic for surgical procedures. We mostly use 1% Lidocaine with epi , buffered of course.
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    I too am a MOHs nurse and inject local anesthesia (lidocaine and bupivacaine). We do not use IVs.
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    Plastics RN here.

    At our practice, RNs can administer topical analgesics (lidocaine) and PO and IV analgesics (percocet, vicodin, valium, fentanyl, versed). Conscious sedation is performed under direct supervision (MD in the room) and with MD order.

    Nurses do not perform blocks (injecting local). This is outside of the scope of practice.
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    Hi- After reading your posts, I have a question. I went to see a Dermatologist today. He advised me that I needed a scalp biopsy. To my surprise, he had his Medical Assistant inject my scalp. When I questioned this; I asked her if this was in her scope of practice? She said "yes". I asked for the MD to do it but he said he recommended her to do it since he was "rough with big hands"(aka LAZY). My question is under California state law is this legal? I'm trying to research it but haven't come to a site that can provide me with a clear answer.
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    I am a derm nurse in Michigan but just Googled your question and found this:

    If after receiving the appropriate training as indicated in Item 1, medical assistants are allowed to administer injections of scheduled drugs only if the dosage is verified and the injection is intramuscular, intradermal or subcutaneous. The supervising physician or podiatrist must be on the premises as required in section 2069 of the Business and Professions Code, except as provided in subdivision (a) of that section. However, this does not include the administration of any anesthetic agent.

    The MAs in our practice do not administer the local anesthesia.
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    Thank you for your response. I'm
    Still highly upset about the whole encounter with this office. I'm an LVN here in California & worked ER for 7 years & would never consider doing this. I guess since I have a license it makes it different because I have something to loose; whereas the MA's don't.
    My scalp has a huge lump on it today & I'm not sure if it's from the lidocaine or the biopsy. Either way I'm not returning there as they wanted me to for his MA's to remove my sutures. I'd rather do it mysel(I won't but sure won't pay them my $50 co-pay to do it).

    Thanks again
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    I can't believe what MAs get away with, it blows my mind everytime i read one of these posts.
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    Not to mention what Doctors get away with. The MD handed me the chart & I was literally correcting all the spelling errors. He probably pays them minimum wage.
    Unbelievable!! I'm waiting on a bill. If they dare send me one they will have a grievance coming!
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    Quote from MrsDeeDubs
    I am a derm nurse in Michigan but just Googled your question and found this:

    If after receiving the appropriate training as indicated in Item 1, medical assistants are allowed to administer injections of scheduled drugs only if the dosage is verified and the injection is intramuscular, intradermal or subcutaneous. The supervising physician or podiatrist must be on the premises as required in section 2069 of the Business and Professions Code, except as provided in subdivision (a) of that section. However, this does not include the administration of any anesthetic agent.

    The MAs in our practice do not administer the local anesthesia.
    OMG, I cannot believe this is allowed?! This undermines the whole point of being a licensed skilled professional with a regulatory body to answer to. We have nurses out there wanting work, and unlicensed workers are allowed to be preforming regulated duties inside our scope of practice. Am I missing something here? IMO that's just wrong....would you want a butcher to do the job of a surgeon, because he is cheaper? I would also boycott that office for the principle.
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