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Endoscopy Nurse Practitioner Featured

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 Endoscopy Nurse Practitioner

             Evidence shows that endoscopy nurses are relevant in health care services simply because they have specialized role in the provision of endoscopy services. Responsibilities and roles in endoscopy nurse setting are wide ranging from research, stock requisition, and audit, and staffing, budgeting, training, diverse procedures, management of the unit activities, disinfection, and technical expertise in complex procedures. I am currently an endoscopy nurse working full time as Bronchoscopy nurse in University of Miami Hospital, Florida. In five years from now, I will have graduated with a master’s degree in nursing education meaning that I will have a number of roles in the endoscopy nurse setting, (Cohen et al. (2012). I will be assisting nurse specialists when they are using endoscopy on a patient.

Whenever a patient wants to know about anything I know I will be the first person to be contacted. My work will involve specialized services that cover pre and post endoscopy care in nursing setting. I will be providing nursing care based on instructions provided by the doctor in charge. Some areas of concern that I will be focusing include but not limited to supporting management, training, health education, and supporting disease prevention. I will be required to have the ability to assist the operator during patient procedures and take care of the patients who are under endoscopic examinations, (Cohen et al. (2012). There are several skills that need to obtain in order to achieve this future goal. I will have to receive task specific training based on endoscopy responsibilities.

Some of the trainings required include practical components and didactic training. During the training, I will be required to observe several endoscopic procedures. In the same time, I will be required to complete a series of didactic sessions on topics that relates to discharge procedures, post procedure monitoring, pre-procedure assessment, informed consent, and emergency drugs among others. The training will be monitored by a senior endoscopy nurse so as to validate on all practical trainings that I will go through. After the training, I will be required to pass a sedation qualifying test so as to proof my competent in the field of endoscopy, (Cohen et al. (2012). 

Different competencies and skills will be required so as to prepare me obtain the future dream goal. It is advisable to acquire certification in basic cardiac life support. During the training period, I will complete and acquire certification in advanced cardiac life support so as to help and serve patients in the best manner possible. I will require skills in assessing patients after and before sedation which include proper discharge criteria and the recovery phase. I need to be competent in the principles of respiratory knowledge of airway equipment, airway assessment, oxygen delivery, and physiology. It is a requirement that I possess the ability to identify all medications that are needed for reversal and sedation in potential side effects, administration guidelines, and pharmacology, (Cohen et al. (2012).


Cohen, L. B. et al. (2012) Propofol for endoscopic sedation: a protocol for safe and effective administration by the gastroenterologist. Gastrointest Endosc 2003; 58(5):725–32


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