This 3-hour IV skills course is designed to provide all nurses and learners interested in improving their IV skills with a basic knowledge of IV therapy practice. Using task trainers in our state-of-the-art Simulation Center, attendees will learn successful and skillful techniques needed to properly insert an intravenous catheter and how to minimize patient discomfort and complication rates. This will result in a boosting of confidence and increase of first stick success rates.
The course has a one hour didactic portion that covers current standards of practice, legal aspects related to IV therapy, equipment required, identifying the patient, selecting the site, hand hygiene, and complications. The second portion of the class provides two hours of "hands-on" time to practice on manikins, and then the learner will perform a return demonstration to an instructor to be successfully checked off on IV insertion.
Registered nurses, LPNs, CNAs, CMAs, and other healthcare providers
- Review the history of IV therapy
- Describe the elements of successful IV placement
- Identify complications of IV therapy, the cause and how to prevent them
- Practice IV insertion
- Katie Neligan, MSN, RN, CNL, PCCN