Current Topics for the Pediatric Sedation Nurse

Let’s Keep on Networking!


Lorie ReillyBy Lorie Reilly MSN, CRNP, CPNP-AC
Section Editor

Let’s get more involved!  At our latest annual conference, Deborah LaViolette, RN, BSN, CPN, discussed Building a Quality Sedation Team with nurses as key players on the team.  I presented the role of the “Advanced Practice Nurse in Sedation.”  An APN networking luncheon was held, and was attended by 15 APNs from across the country.   This networking opportunity provided a forum to discuss the challenges and issues faced in our various roles at our respective institutions.  What a great start to keeping the lines of communication open!  I look forward to your input.  Please keep in touch by exploring the SPS website, nursing links and considering committee involvement.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me via e-mail,


Benefits Gained with SPS


By Michelle Rhoads, MSN, APRN-BC

I’m very excited and honored to have been elected as one of the new board members of the Society for Pediatric Sedation. I’ve been involved with this organization since its inception and it’s been very exhilarating to watch it evolve.  We’ve grown from a small group of dedicated professionals, in a little studied field, into a national multidisciplinary organization working together to improve the standardization, quality, and safety of providing procedural sedation to children outside of the operating room as well as promoting innovative research and quality professional education.

It’s a very exciting time for the pediatric sedation nurse. We play an integral role, whether as an RN or an APN, in ensuring that this specialized population receives the quality care they need and deserve.  Pediatric procedural sedation outside of the operating room is finally becoming recognized as a specialty but we, as nurses, need to work together to promote awareness of this role, develop a recognized national certification and standardize regulations for both RNs and APNs.  The SPS provides us with a forum to do these things as well provides access to a large network of other healthcare professionals who value our expertise and are willing to share their expertise with us.

This years’ national conference, held May 19 – 21, in Charleston, S.C. had numerous presentations that benefited the sedation nurse. There were many nurses in attendance who expressed both surprise and appreciation at the various presentations that could potentially affect their practice and services. The optional SPS Sedation Provider Course©, offered several times a year, is an excellent opportunity for those who wish to increase their knowledge and clinical competency in the field by providing both hands on (simulation) training and didactic content. The podium presentations were diverse enough to maintain the interest of this varied group including an excellent opening session, “Advise We Don’t Have Fuel: Lessons from Avianca Flight 52 – Communication and Safety”, given by Dr. David Bundy, verifying how important good communication is in ensuring positive outcomes. There were 6 breakout sessions with 18 different topics to choose from available over the 3 day conference as well as 2 panel discussions and a tour of the Medical University of South Carolina’s Sedation and Simulation Center.

In thinking about the upcoming year, my first as an SPS board member, I believe the biggest challenge from a nursing perspective is getting more involvement and input from sedation nurses. Unfortunately, though nursing presence was very visible at the conference, we are not as numerically represented on the various committees within the organization. Like many nurses I often struggle with how to best spend any extra time and energy I may have but I urge you to peruse the SPS website and see if there are any committees that interest you. Without more nursing involvement at the committee level we may begin to lose the uniqueness that our varied membership provides. We have the experience and expertise to make a positive impact on the children and families we serve, the organizations we work for, and the Society for Pediatric Sedation itself.

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