Managing the Patient Undergoing Bronchoscopy

Managing the Patient Undergoing Bronchoscopy 

Bronchoscopy is a valuable procedure with diagnostic and therapeutic benefits. However, it accompanies risks for potential complications, some of which can be life-threatening. Nurses are responsible for monitoring for potential complications, interventions to reduce the risk of adverse events, administering therapies, and patient education. This course is designed to equip nurses with the knowledge they need to maximize patient outcomes for those undergoing bronchoscopy. 


Hours: 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (7 Match)

California Board of Registered Nursing

1.25 HOURS

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791

Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.

American Nurses Credentialing Center

1.25 HOURS

Relias, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.

District of Columbia Board of Nursing


DC-RN -- District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CE Provider #50-290).

Nurses will receive 1.20 contact hours for participating in this course.

Florida Board of Nursing


Florida Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290

Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

Georgia Board of Nursing

1.25 HOURS

Georgia Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290

Nurses will receive 1.25 contact hours for participating in this course.

South Carolina Board of Nursing

1.25 HOURS

This program was approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education Program (CE provider #50-290) CE Broker Course # 20-[Custom_Code]

West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing

1.25 HOURS

Course Details

Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Describe the types of bronchoscopies performed and the anatomy for which they are utilized.
Identify conditions for which bronchoscopy is utilized and the potential benefits.
Discuss potential complications associated with bronchoscopy.
Identify safety risks for staff, patients, and visitors associated with bronchoscopy.
Describe nursing interventions before, during, and after a bronchoscopy.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Bronchoscopy: What, Why, and How

What is a Bronchoscopy?

Anatomy Accessed with Bronchoscopy

Why is Bronchoscopy Performed?



Section 3: Moderate Sedation and Bronchoscopy Complications

Moderate Sedation

Medications Used for Moderate Sedation During Bronchoscopy

Local Anesthetic

Complications Associated with Bronchoscopy



Section 4: Bronchoscopy: Infection Control and Radiation Safety

Infection Control

Radiation Safety



Section 5: Nursing Interventions

Patient Education

Addressing Anxiety and Fear


Pre-Procedural Assessment and Documentation

Preparing the Procedure Area

Nursing Interventions Before and During Bronchoscopy

Monitoring for Post-Bronchoscopy Complications

Post-Bronchoscopy Nursing Interventions



Section 6: Conclusion


Course Contributors



Instructor: Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN, has extensive experience across a wide spectrum of healthcare settings including: rural and urban acute care hospitals, public health, ambulatory surgery, higher education, and commercial healthcare learning organizations. Her roles have included: medical/surgical, ED, and OR staff and charge nurse; Director of School Health Services/school nurse; Public Health Epidemiology and Bioterrorism Preparedness Specialist; Infection control practitioner; Quality Management Specialist; Organizational Development Specialist; and Educator. Prior to joining Relias as a SME writer, she provided healthcare learning and development consultation to Swank Healthcare and was the Director of Education Services for, a division of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Rebecca earned a diploma in nursing from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Lubbock, Texas and an MBA from Wayland Baptist University.  Disclosure: Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Nurses; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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