The Nursing Committee of the Society for Pediatric Sedation® is a developing group with the goal of helping to standardize and develop the role of the sedation nurse, and help the specialty grow. We need your expertise, so please consider getting involved. We have sub-committees for nursing research, advanced practice nursing, moderate sedation, education and certification, and non-pharmacologic adjuncts (distraction techniques, child life involvement, etc.).
Below are links to Standards of Care and Nursing Competencies that have been endorsed by the Society for Pediatric Sedation. We feel they are a step in standardizing the nurses role in pediatric procedural sedation. For more information or to get involved, contact the Nursing Committee Chair, Lorie Reilly, RN at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pediatric Sedation Nursing is the practice in which a nurse assists a pediatric patient, sick or well, in the completion of a test, examination, treatment or procedure which contributes to the diagnosis, management or restoration of health.
A pediatric sedation nurse utilizes the nursing process to ensure that safe and appropriate levels of sedation and/or pain management are provided to pediatric patients in various procedural environments; while taking into consideration the individual’s stage of development, level of physical wellness or illness, emotional and psychological well-being, family dynamics, cultural diversity and the nuances of the procedure to be performed.
The sedation nurse works collaboratively with members of the sedation team and/or by the direction and oversight of an APN or physician trained in sedation or anesthesiology.
It is the goal of the Society for Pediatric Sedation® to develop the core educational requirements and a specialty certification program for nurses who practice pediatric sedation. We will utilize and contribute to the scientific body of knowledge that supports pediatric sedation nursing practice because it is our belief that nursing expertise is a critical component for quality sedation programs.
SPS Nurse Member Survey
The SPS nursing committee polled nursing members during the month of April 2011 and found the following results. The poll was done to get a better understanding of who the nurses in the SPS are and what backgrounds they come from so that we can visualize a future for the SPS nursing committee. Thank you all so much for participating.
SPS Nursing Committee Listserv
Members of the Nursing Committee may use the listserv to communicate with other members of the committee. Posting access is available only to members of the committee. Using the listserv is as simple as sending an email, which will be distributed to all committee members. If you are a member and wish to be added, contact Joye Stewart at email@example.com.
Listserv address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nursing Committee Leaders
Lorie Reilly MSN, CRNP, CPNP – Committee Chair
Sedation Nurse Practitioner
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Laura Mitchell CCLS
Child Life Specialist
Nemours/Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children