(Content and time is flexible depending on Questions and needs of participants)
See our Event Calendar for dates to our next courses.

  • Sign In Continental Breakfast
  • Receive class handouts


  • Administrative Remarks


  • Scope of Practice
  • History
  • Definition levels of sedation
  • State position statements on non-anesthetist RNs and sedation
  • Indication for sedation
  • Role of the sedation nurse
  • The continuum of sedation
  • General approaches to conducting safe and effective sedation
  • Joint Commission policy and standards for patient sedation


  • Break


  • Pre-operative sedation assessment
  • ASA physical status
  • Airway assessment
  • Airway adjuncts
  • Monitoring


  • Lunch on your own


  • Medications
  • Sedation/analgesic medications
  • Anesthesia medications
  • Reversal agents
  • Emergency medications
  • Complications


  • Break


  • Discharge
  • Geriatric age specific considerations
  • Pediatric sedation
  • Adverse events
  • The Nightingale Effect and nursing suggestions


  • Evaluations and take home test for certification

Take home materials – Sedation Competency Manual, with PowerPoint Syllabus, Online Exam and Music.


· Discuss the differences between minimal sedation, moderate sedation, deep sedation, and general anesthesia.

· State 4 objectives/goals of sedation.

· Identify your institution’s policy regarding care of the patient undergoing sedation.

· Demonstrate care for the patient during pre-procedure, intra-procedure, and post-procedure phases of sedation.

· List the drugs, routes, and dosages for the drugs commonly used in moderate sedation.

· Discuss antidotes (dosage, side effects, indications) for commonly used drugs with sedation.

· Describe signs and symptoms of partial and complete airway obstruction.

· Demonstrate interventions to correct partial and complete airway obstruction.

· Identify side effects and contraindications to medications that have the potential to suppress a patient’s protective reflexes and respirations.

· Discuss the significance of utilizing the ASA classification during pre/post procedural pediatric and adult assessment.

· Integrate age-specific principles into care of the pediatric and geriatric patient undergoing moderate sedation.

· Document clearly, completely, and according to established standards, policies and instructions.

· Administer moderate sedation safely.

· Effectively manage complications which might arise during moderate sedation.


Nurses Working In:
– ER
– Radiology
– Endoscopy
– Ophthalmology
– Operating Room
– Special Procedures

Participants will be able to take the certification exam on line. With a passing grade of 80% they will receive a certificate for CECs which can be printed after completion of exam and evaluation. Within two weeks the Participants will receive their Certification Certificate and a one year membership in the American Association of Moderate Sedation Nurses.

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For information call 865-269-4616 or email lena@sedationcertification.com

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