State Regulation Resources for Tennessee

Source Type of Guidance Impact Guidance*
Tennessee Board of Nursing No direct guidance is offered by the State Board of Nursing regarding the administration of moderate or deep sedation by Registered Nurses within the state of Tennessee.
Tennessee Department of Health Rules -- Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities
MDs, DOs, RNs, CRNAs Chapter 1200-08-01:Standards for Hospitals (03-2014)

1200-08-01-.07 Optional Hospital Services (Page 37)

(2) Anesthesia Services. The organization of anesthesia services must be appropriate to the scope of the services offered. Anesthesia must be administered only by:
  • A qualified anesthesiologist;
  • A doctor of medicine or osteopathy (other than an anesthesiologist);
  • A dentist, oral surgeon, or podiatrist who is qualified to administer anesthesia under State law;
  • A certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA); or
  • A graduate registered nurse anesthetist under the supervision of an anesthesiologist who is immediately available if needed
Read Chapter 1200-08-01
State of Tennessee Rules and Regulations Rules - Board
of Medical
MDs, DOs, RNs, CRNAs Chapter 0880-02:General Rules And Regulations Governing
the Practice Of Medicine
(04-2015) – Page 80

0880-02-.21Office Based Surgery

10. Assistance of Other Personnel Required. An anesthesiologist or certified registered nurse anesthetist licensed pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 63, Chapter 7 and practicing within the lawful scope of that license, must administer the general or regional anesthesia. The anesthesia provider cannot function in any other capacity during the procedure and shall be physically present with the patient at all times during the intra-operative period.

Read Chapter 0880-02

Other State Resources
Tennessee Board of Nursing
Tennessee Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations
Tennessee Board of Nursing Policy Statements
Tennessee Board of Nursing Position Statements
Tennessee Nurses Association
Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners
Tennessee Board of Osteopathic Examination

*This page was last updated 5/25/2015. This page is for informational purposes only and nothing on this website constitutes legal advice. Please consult the Tennessee State Board of Nursing or a legal professional before administering anesthetic or sedative products to determine proper conduct in your particular situation and to assess currentness of regulations.