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Table 5 Respondent reports of RN performance of activities permitted to all NICU nurses (%)

From: Examining professional boundaries between nurses and physicians in neonatal intensive care units

  Reply: agree that nurses perform this activity
Activity RNs N = 81 Nursing graduates of PBE course N = 235 Physicians N = 46
Semi-automatic defibrillation 0 1 89
Connecting/disconnecting patients to and from respirators for suctioning 49 63 20
Administer unit of blood by two RNs 44 39 39
Peripheral IV Heparin flush 31 69 24
Administering OTC medication 30 17 52
Central lines and alternate systems Heparin push 14 50 24
Central line removal 9 23 70
Decision to administer adrenalin in emergency situations 0 0 91