Pain, Agitation, and Delirium Guidelines: Nursing Involvement in Development

Author(s): Judy E. Davidson, RN, DNP, Chris Winkelman, RN, PhD, Céline Gélinas, RN, PhD, Anna Dermenchyan, RN, BSN, CCRN-CSC

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Jun 01, 2019

Topics: Leadership & Career Development, Multisystem

Population: Lifespan

Role: Manager

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

The 2013 American College of Critical Care Medicine/Society of Critical Care Medicine clinical practice guidelines for the management of pain, agitation, and delirium in adult patients in the intensive care unit serves as a living example of nurses’ involvement in the development and implementation of professional guidelines. Nurses who served on this guideline-writing panel describe their experiences. Specific examples from the pain, agitation, and delirium guidelines for care are used to explore the roles of the nurse leader, nurse informaticist, staff nurse, and nurse researcher in relationship to guideline implementation.


  • Examine the role of nurses in a guideline-writing panel for pain, agitation, and delirium (PAD)
  • Explain leadership strategies needed to implement new PAD guideline practices
  • Summarize the actions of nursing roles in implementing practice changes related to new PAD guidelines

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