Current Topics for the Pediatric Sedation Nurse

Lorie ReillyNursing is Taking it on the Road

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

There is power in numbers, and we are on the road with the goal of increasing our nursing membership and participation in SPS.  We will be hosting exhibit booths at several conferences: the National Association for Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) in March and the Association for Radiologic and Imaging Nursing (ARIN) in April. Our goal is to network with our nursing colleagues from across the country and spread the word about SPS and our commitment to pediatric sedation.  Let’s hope to see more new faces in Hartford at our Annual Conference in May.

There are certainly many topics for nursing to choose from at this year’s conference in Hartford:  Revolutionizing Approaches to Pediatric Procedural Pain and Sedation.  From practice to program to business topics, lectures to hands on airway practice, there is something for everyone. For those of you with special interest or experience in pain management, this is the year for you to join us at the conference.

This has been a season of transition for nursing in SPS as we begin to explore collaboration with other organizations such as ARIN and online educational opportunities with contact hours.  Stay tuned for more updates. 

See you in Hartford!

SPS 2016 Annual Conference Highlights for Nurses

By Elizabeth Cannon, RN, BSN, MSNc
Perianesthesia & Sedation Services Nurse Manager
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

Nurses are an integral part of the delivery of procedural sedation.   The SPS 2016 Annual Conference in May will focus on revolutionary approaches to procedural pain and sedation and will include many lectures, breakout sessions and workshops targeted to the sedation nurse:

  • Approaching the child with challenging behavior
  • Hands on airway breakout session focused on nursing skills
  • Small group breakout devoted to nursing wellness (in a high stress environment)
  • Guided imagery and distraction for the anxious patient
  • Safety checklists for sedation
  • Pre-screening: best practices
  • Horace Wells Discovery Tour:  learn the history of the clinical birthplace for nitrous oxide
  • One Voice workshop:  methods to improving communication with our patients
  • Business of sedation:  nursing staffing levels and coding for facility fees

For a full list of topics and speakers, download the conference Mobile Meeting Guide.  

Register by April 18th to receive reduced registration rates

We look forward to seeing you in Hartford.

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