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Development of a self-efficacy scale for management of complications during nurse-administered procedural sedation and analgesia  

QUT Ethics Approval Number 1500000839

Nurse Survey

Research Team Contacts

Name: Aaron Conway RN, PhD
Position: NHMRC Early Career Fellow, School of Nursing, QUT

Name: Joanna Sutherland MBBS, FANZCA
Position: Consultant Anaesthetist, Coffs Harbour Health Campus and Conjoint Associate Professor, University of New South Wales


The purpose of this project is to develop an instrument that measures nurses’ confidence in managing complications that are known to arise due to side effects of sedative and analgesic medications administered during medical procedures.

You are invited to participate in this project if you are ever required to either administer, or monitor a patient who has received, sedative and/or analgesic medications during a medical procedure. This practice is commonly known as ‘conscious sedation’. It is frequently used for procedures performed in cardiac cath labs, radiology and emergency departments, operating theatres, endoscopy units and also during office-based surgery.


Your participation will involve completing a survey that will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Your participation in this project is entirely voluntary. You may withdraw from the study at any time. However, as your responses to the survey are anonymous, once the survey is submitted, it will not be possible to withdraw as we have no way to identify you or your responses. If you agree to participate you do not have to complete any question(s) that you are uncomfortable answering. 

Expected Benefits

This project will not directly benefit you at this point in time. The potential benefit to the broader research and health care community will be the production of a measurement instrument. Once validated, the instrument could be used in practice to inform the development and evaluation of education programs about the management of complications during sedation. The instrument could be used by researchers to compare the outcomes of different nursing education programs about procedural sedation that aim to improve nursing confidence in managing complications. 


There are no risks beyond normal day-to-day living associated with your participation in this project.


Any information in connection with this project will remain confidential. Your personal details are not required when entering the online survey.

All information will be kept secure in locked filing cabinets and on password protected computer files with access available only to those people directly related to the research. Any data collected as part of this project will be stored securely as to the research. Any data collected as part of this project will be stored securely as per QUT’s Management of Research Data policy. If you consent to participate, we plan to publish the aggregated results in professional journals.

The project is funded by Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI), QUT however they will not have access to the data obtained during the project. Aggregated study results will be reported to the funding body after study is completed.

Consent to Participate

Submitting the completed survey is accepted as an indication of your consent to participate in the survey.

Questions/Further information about the project

If you have any questions or require any further information please contact one of the research team members below.

    Aaron Conway          07 3138 6124 

Concerns/Complaints regarding the conduct of the project

QUT is committed to research integrity and the ethical conduct of research projects. However, if you do have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the project you may contact the QUT Research Ethics Advisory Team on 07 3138 5123 or email The QUT Research Ethics Advisory Team is not connected with the research project and can facilitate a resolution to your concern in an impartial manner.

Thank you for helping with this research project.