hi, i'm not a GI nurse but in the hospital where i work the GI nurse is the one that carries out conscious sedation and charting and anything else that the tech and MD needs. If I float to this unit, is it allowable for me to refuse to do this or don't i have a choice. I do have ACLS but i have never given conscious sedation before.
I'd like to thank eveyone on the GI discussion. I'm applying for a PRN GI lab position - & it was a real eye opener. I feel more prepared to know what to expect, but I'm now far more frightened than before. I think this is a good thing. I'm open to any suggestions anyone would like to offer. I have virtually no ICU experience.
As a Cardiac Cath Nurse, Conscious Sedation is given and I did not have a problem with it. I guess it depends on the facility, personnel, and the rules/regulations govern by BON, Medicine and etc.
One time, we had a problem and the patient was intubated. We took the patient to the Cardiac Surgery Suite ASAP and it the wrongdoing was not on the supportive staff but the big man MD.
We knew how to handle the situation and we were certified in ACLS. Therefore, we had training for emergency situation in the Cardiac Cath 3 times per month and the preparation paid off.
I was working at a great facility who believed in extra training and education for all medical personnel. If one did not want to participate in the extra work than you did not want the position. They made sure you were well-rounded, diverse and educated in your specialty and made it mandatory for outrageous number of CEUs and Certifications. Therefore, it was no loop holes of getting around the education and training.
Some medical facilities never had a strict education/certification requirement and training requirement for their Cardiac Dept. I thought everyone did and I was wrong …..
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