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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 5 Contact Hours (1.7 Pharm hours)
Author(s): Angela Kramer, MBA, RN, CNOR, CASC, CPPS
Peer Reviewer(s): Kathleen C. Fabian, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, CPNP-TCNJ
Item#: N1774
Contents: 1 Course Book (90 pages)
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Moderate Sedation: Nursing Practice and Patient Centered Care

Price $27.95
Item # N1774
High-Level Content
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Release Date: October 13, 2017

Expiration Date: October 31, 2020


This course will provide registered nurses and advanced practice nurses with the knowledge needed to successfully administer moderate sedation to patients.  Sedation is delivered by a variety of health care providers in various practice settings and has historically been performed by an anesthesia care provider such as an anesthesiologist, certified registered nurse anesthetist, or, more recently, an anesthesia assistant who is supervised by an anesthesiologist.  The evolution of varied practice settings, such as ambulatory surgery centers, coupled with more effective and efficient medication options, has resulted in a need for the provision of moderate sedation by non-anesthesia providers, such as registered nurses.

The goal of the registered nurse administering moderate sedation to a patient is to provide safe and effective medication administration, and to reduce the patient’s anxiety and discomfort during diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. 


Course Objectives

  • Explain nursing care provided to patients receiving moderate sedation.
  • Identify physician-ordered medication used to control pain and alleviate anxiety during moderate sedation.
  • Describe the care provided by the nurse when administering sedation to special patient populations.
  • Describe complications that may occur during moderate sedation, as well as prevention and treatment options.
  • Discuss patient education, documentation, and performance improvement relative to the patient receiving moderate sedation.


Angela Kramer, MBA, RN, CNOR, CASC, CPPS, is a registered nurse with 16 years’ experience in the area of perioperative nursing, caring for patients ranging from just a few days to more than 100 years old. Mrs. Kramer is certified by the Competency & Credentialing Institute as an operating room nurse and is certified by the Board of Ambulatory Surgery. She is passionate about patient safety and was one of the first to be certified by the National Patient Safety Foundation as a professional in patient safety. Mrs. Kramer holds a master’s degree in business administration for healthcare management and a bachelor of science in nursing. She is the director of ambulatory surgery for the BayCare Health System in Tampa Bay, Florida, where she lives with her husband and their dog and two cats.


Kathleen C. Fabian, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, CPNP-TCNJ, is the director of the Maternal Child Health/ICU Department at North Country Hospital in Vermont. She earned a master’s degree in nursing for healthcare systems management in 2006 from Loyola University and obtained a post-master’s certificate in 2009 from Seton Hall University. She is the secretary of the E-Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, as well as a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and Sigma Theta Tau International. She holds an adjunct faculty position at Loyola University, New Orleans, in the Healthcare Systems Management program, teaching Finance I and II, Advanced Role Integration, and Human Resources.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.