99.7% of all CRNAs and SRNAs have at one time been critical care RNs in the units. Please trust those of us who have been on both sides of the fence that emergency management of unexpected complications is far better handled in the OR than in the units. We have an entire department at our immediate disposal, not to mention a pharmacy of drugs either already drawn up and on our tabletop or are two feet away in some sort of Omnicell or Pyxis. Anesthesia imparts on most all patients a condition upon induction that would qualify as all hell breaking loose in the units, which is not a pretty sight (I know from first hand experience). If a person does not have immediately, and I mean no more than 2 feet away, ephedrine, neosynephrine (and the knowledge / understanding of when to use each one), 4 different type of blades, 3 different types of tubes, bugies, and alternative airway methods AT MINIMUM then don't give anesthetic drugs.
I did alot as an RN (both in hospitals and esp pre-hospital) and would not change it for the world. With that said, RNs don't know a whole lot about airway management, unless you have some kind of EMS or flight training. Not trying to flame, but most of us know this is true.
MDs who ask that GA drugs to be given by an RN to an unintubated pt are asking a RN to do something that is against the drug mfg statements, is convenient on the physician's behalf, is outside most state-derived nurse practice laws, and is against what the two largest and most influential anesthesia organizations in this country have agreed upon. There is nothing to back you up but a plea of desperation...You are hanging yourself, and more importantly, your patient out to dry with no backup.