I am an RN Circulator. We have a surgeon that does pain injections. I am the anesthesia for the cases. I hook them up to all the monitors at the anesthesia machine and monitor them during the case. I push fentanyl and Versed.
So my question is Do you think I should bed doing this? Would you push these drugs?
Thanks for any feedback...
Mar 11, '08
Nurses cannot push propofol. Only a physician or nurse anesthetist can give it. We use mostly propofol in our conscious sedations in the ER. I don't think we even do versed, at least not commonly. Doc, RT and nurse is at bedside. Nurses role is to monitor the patient. Document times of med administration, v/s and patient's response post anesthesia. When hired on at the facility, nurses are trained on proper procedure for monitoring patients, and assisting the doc during conscious sedation.
Last edit by perky_nurse:) on Mar 11, '08
Mar 11, '08
Most hospitals require nurses to have documented competency in moderate/conscious sedation as well as have ACLS if administering sedation will be a part of their job description. Even if the surgeon is present, if he's occupied with the procedure, as the person who administered the medication, it'll be your job to monitor the patient and intervene if necessary. In the cath and EP labs I've worked at, sedating and monitoring patients were a big part of the nruses' responsibility.
Last edit by estherojin on Mar 11, '08