The powerhouse nursing team from Princess Alexandra Hospital’s ROVE program, Clinical Nurse Ben Learmont and Registered Nurse Ben Horan, have been celebrated with a People’s Choice Award for their poster presentation on nurse-initiated sedation.
The poster presented during last month’s International College of Emergency Nurses Australasia conference, outlined the process of nurse-initiated sedation undertaken as part of the PA Hospital’s celebrated occupational violence prevention program, ROVE.
“No other hospital has been undertaking this procedure, so it was a great way for us to showcase PA’s leadership in the field and talk other hospital’s through the process so they can consider implementation in their own facilities.
“It’s a big part of our ROVE clinician role here at PA because medications are one facet of our management strategy for patients that have incidents of OV,” said Ben Learmont.
The nurse-initiated sedation allows clinicians to work more autonomously and provide care in a timely manner.
“This process allows us to act quicker than sourcing an order from a doctor and with the threat of occupational violence, time is of the essence.
“Our poster outlines the step by step process on how to get approval for the nurse-initiated sedation; from what groups, and the process around creating procedures and standing orders for it to be put in place.”
The presentation as part of the ICEN Conference in October was a highlight for the team with PA Hospital staff presentations accounting for one in four of the total presentations.