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IV Basics (Online)

This interactive, narrated online course focuses on general IV therapy concepts. In addition, extra information is added for providing infusion therapy for the home infusion and pediatric patient. The course is designed to provide practical information and tools for the hands-on clinical nurse. Topics include:

  • Common IV therapies
  • Basic venous anatomy
  • Peripheral venous access devices (short peripheral catheters, midline catheters)
  • Central venous access devices (PICC, tunneled catheters, non-tunneled catheters, implanted ports)
  • IV delivery methods
  • Catheter assessment and maintenance
  • Complications and troubleshooting strategies based on Infusion Nursing Society (INC) Standards of Practice.
  • Patient education
  • Patient scenarios

An optional in-classroom lab for hands-on time is available to practice a dressing change, needleless connector change, and flushing procedure on a central venous access device.

The optional lab takes place at Pediatric Home Service in Roseville, Minnesota. NOTE: This is not a competency. Each employer is responsible for ensuring their staff's competency.

3.5 contact hours will be awarded to online class participants.

Criteria for successful completion to receive 3.5 contact hours:

  • Completion of all course modules
  • Achieving a passing score of 85% on final quiz
  • Completion and submission of evaluation form
  • Return demonstration during in-classroom lab (required for PHS employees, optional for other learners)

No one with the ability to control the content of this activity has a relevant financial relationship with an ineligible company.

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91).
Activity Number 2022-0000000427. Expiration date 8/22/2024.

Objectives: Upon completion of this training program, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify common intravenous therapies, indications for therapy, methods of delivery, and infusion equipment.
  2. Identify the different types of peripheral venous access devices and the appropriate use of each type of device.
  3. Identify the different types of central venous access devices and the appropriate use of each type of device.
  4. Discuss different IV equipment and supplies and their appropriate use.
  5. Perform an assessment on a central venous access device.
  6. Demonstrate a dressing change, a needleless connector change, and flushing procedure on a central venous access device.
  7. Identify complications and troubleshooting strategies related to peripheral and central venous access devices.
  8. Discuss what to teach a caregiver about in-home IV therapy and how to determine their understanding and competency in performing the skills taught.

Course authors: Jean Stumpf, BSN, CRNI and Melissa Nuanez, RN, CRNI


Price: $100