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Intranasal fentanyl and high-concentration inhaled nitrous oxide for procedural sedation: A prospective observational pilot study of adverse events and depth of sedation

A randomized clinical trial comparing oral, aerosolized, intranasal, and aerosolized buccal midazolam

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Current Topics for the Pediatric Sedation Nurse

Carrie Makin, RN
Section Editor

Let’s Show Our Support!

By Deborah LaViolette, RN

SPS continues to demonstrate support in the development of Pediatric Procedural Sedation Nursing. A number of nurses presented lectures and breakout sessions at the Annual SPS Conference in May. Many of the posters presented there were showcasing research done by nurses. The annual Joseph Cravero, MD Leadership Award was presented to me, which also shows the investment the SPS has in nursing.

The Nursing Committee has been working to standardize competencies and standards of care for pediatric procedural sedation nurses. We have also been working to get certification for our new specialty. We have found that this will be a long road, but we will get there! The good news is that the ANA has told us that we can now be considered a specialty. Other areas of interest that the nursing committee is addressing are research, advanced practice nursing and non-pharmacological adjuncts and alternatives to sedation. We are also working with the Provider Course group to incorporate nursing into the provider course curriculum as well as modifying aspects of the provider course to use for nursing competencies as a standard.

The Nursing Committee is in the process of being restructured to support these endeavors. There will be more news to follow in future issues of SPS News.  If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact Debbi LaViolette, Nursing Committee Chair, at

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