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Moderate Sedation

Moderate sedation/analgesia is a drug-induced, mild depression of consciousness achieved by the administration of sedatives or the combination of sedatives and analgesic medications. The desired effect is a level of sedation with or without analgesia whereby the patient is able to tolerate diagnostic, therapeutic, and invasive procedures through relief of anxiety and pain. To be competent in the administration of moderate sedation/analgesia, perioperative registered nurses (RNs) must thoroughly understand the scope of practice as defined by their state board of nursing, patient selection criteria, and patient care through all phases of the patient’s operative/procedural experience.

Gap Analysis/Purpose

After completing this course, perioperative RNs will understand their role in RN-administered moderate sedation/analgesia.


  • Identify criteria for patient selection and assessment.
  • Identify the perioperative RN’s role in continuous care of the patient receiving moderate sedation/analgesia.
  • Identify patient discharge criteria.
  • Identify policy and educational issues related to RN-administered moderate sedation/analgesia.

1.2 Contact Hours

Expires 6/30/20

Course Requirements

To receive 1.2 contact hours for this course, you must achieve mastery of the content and submit an evaluation as instructed at the end of the course. This course contains 59 questions.

Accreditation, Disclaimer and Copyright


This program is approved for 1.2 hours of AEU credit by BASC provider #0102.

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