I'm thinking about going to work in a private Endoscopy center.
After reading several of these posts, I am getting the impression that "regular" RN's do the concious sedation administration.
Can this be true? In the hospitals, only a CRNA, Anesthesiologist or Intensivist gives these meds. Can someone enlighten me on this issue.
Also......that other jobs/activities do endo center nurses perform?
Thanx for your help
I have been an endo nurse now for 7 1/2 years. We currently have anesthesia that provides our sedation for our procedures. That being said, if anesthesia is pulled for whatever reason we can and will give sedation for GI procedures. I work in a hospital setting, we do inpatients and outpatients. Our hospital requires that all GI RN's have BLS as well as ACLS and we have to maintain competency in an annual conscious sedation course. I personally am very comfortable giving sedation to most patients. I believe that there are definite advantages to having anesthetists giving sedation. One big one is that in Oklahoma, they can give medications that I cannot give, ie propofol. It is listed as a general anesthetic and therefore is only recommended to be administered by trained anesthesia providers. When we give sedation we use Fentanyl/Versed or Demerol/Versed. Another reason would be of course that is what they get paid to do. I do not receive any additional compensation for taking on the liability of sedation and my facility cannot charge for my services. I think just from my experience here and talking with other endo staff, we are a rare facility that has the luxury of anesthetists 99.9% of the time.
Last edit by GI Jackie on Nov 27, '06