Current Topics for the Pediatric Sedation Nurse

Moving Forward: Nursing and Allied Health Committee Update

By Michelle M. Rhoads, MSN, APRN-BC

While the topic of the SPS Hartford conference this year was Revolutionizing Approaches to Pediatric Procedural Pain and Sedation, in which there were multiple excellent presentations given, there was also a  significant amount of time and discussion focused on the “Strategic Plan” rolled out by the Board of Directors. This plan was discussed at length during a Strategic Plan Q&A session as well as at each individual committee meeting. The committees themselves, including goals and metrics, were examined, restructured and occasionally combined to meet the objectives of the plan.

Nursing and Allied Health, after much discussion and consideration, will remain as its own committee. While all were in agreement that we want to retain the uniqueness of this organization’s multidisciplinary membership and interaction it was also acknowledged, through prior meetings and surveys, that most nurses still desire a separate forum for topics unique to this population of professionals. As per the strategic plan, each committee was asked to develop a work plan. The following is a summary of the priority action items developed by the Nursing and Allied Health Committee.

  • Committee membership - we are striving to re-energize this committee and began the process in Hartford with a small but lively meeting. Current plans include: reaching out to prospective members identified through conference attendance, listserve use, and other related nursing organizations; developing a formalized meeting schedule for quarterly teleconferences; and, considering development of subcommittees such as staff nurse, APN, and child life. We have also been lucky enough to recruit a child life specialist, Laura Mitchell, to be a consistent voice and contact for allied health members.
  • Outreach and Collaboration – continue collaboration with the American Radiology and Imaging Nursing Association (ARIN) including the development of webinars on sedation and capnography, possible discount membership and conference registration fees, and continued sponsorship of a booth and/or 'lunch and learn' at their national conference. Consider other organizations for collaboration such as AACN, ASPAN, and ENA. The goal of these collaborations is to increase committee membership and involvement as well as increase exposure of the SPS and institutional membership benefits.
  • Communication – enlist a nursing committee member to join Communication Committee to represent nursing. Review and update nursing and allied health information on website. Ensure that nursing and child life articles are included in all SPS newsletters. Consider nursing list-serve as communication venue keeping in mind that being a multidisciplinary organization is one of the unique and valued characteristics of the SPS that we do not want to jeopardize.
  • Education – solicit a nursing committee member to join this subcommittee to represent nursing-specific needs. Provide nursing contact hours, starting with existing online programs that have CME credit, with eventual development of nurse-focused online education program. Include pharmacology credits for appropriate education sessions, both online and at annual conferences, to meet requirements for Advanced Practice Nurses. Continue to increase nurse-focused topics and nursing-led posters at annual conferences.
  • Research – continue to have a nurse representative on this committee. Begin collaboration on research activities (with institutions, individuals, PSRC) specific to nursing and allied health with goal of publishing two nursing/allied health research studies in the next three years.

Working together as a group we can better advance the role of nursing and allied health as well as the SPS in the specialty of pediatric procedural sedation by promoting safe, high quality care, innovative research and quality professional education.

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