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Administering influenza vaccine through a directive
I am an NP in a public health unit. I have been asked to develop a directive to authorize the staff RNs and RPNs to administer the influenza vaccine to clients. Can I authorize other nurses to administer the influenza vaccine through a directive?
Yes, as an NP, you can authorize a directive for nurses to administer a medication by injection or inhalation. This includes influenza vaccinations.
If you decide to do so, you are responsible for complying with the College’s expectations in the Directives practice guideline and the Nurse Practitioner practice standard. The directive must identify the clinical conditions and circumstances that clients must meet and identify any contraindications. The documents also describe NPs’ accountabilities when prescribing and providing orders.