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  • Immune Thrombocytopenia: Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop

    Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 08/14/2019 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is an autoimmune disease that attacks the body’s platelets. It can have a newly diagnosed and persistent component and can occur in both children and adults. This presentation will discuss newly diagnosed and persistent ITP, diagnosis and treatment for children and adults, and long-term effects for patients with persistent ITP, including psychosocial and financial issues. A case example will follow a patient from diagnosis through various treatments over a 20-year span. At the conclusion of this presentation, the infusion nurse should be able to understand the importance of his or her role in administering IV medications as well as how their interactions affect the patient both short- and long-term.

    Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is an autoimmune disease that attacks the body’s platelets. It can have a newly diagnosed and persistent component and can occur in both children and adults. This presentation will discuss newly diagnosed and persistent ITP, diagnosis and treatment for children and adults, and long-term effects for patients with persistent ITP, including psychosocial and financial issues. A case example will follow a patient from diagnosis through various treatments over a 20-year span. At the conclusion of this presentation, the infusion nurse should be able to understand the importance of his or her role in administering IV medications as well as how their interactions affect the patient both short- and long-term.

    Learning Outcomes: At the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to:
    • Define immune thrombocytopenia and differentiate between newly diagnosed and persistent disease
    • Describe 3 treatments for immune thrombocytopenia
    • Discuss ways health care workers can be sensitive to patients with life altering diseases and provide support to them

    CRNI® RUs: This session has been approved for 1 CRNI® recertification unit and meets the non INS Meeting criteria.

    Contact Hours: This session has been approved for 1 contact hour

    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: August 14, 2022

    To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.


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

  • Episode 45: July 10, 2019 - Expand Your Understanding of Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Primary immunodeficiency diseases affect more than 250,000 people in the United States. Learn how the Immune Deficiency Foundation is dedicated to improving the diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life of persons with primary immunodeficiencies.

    Primary immunodeficiency diseases affect more than 250,000 people in the United States. Learn how the Immune Deficiency Foundation is dedicated to improving the diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life of persons with primary immunodeficiencies.

    John G. Boyle

    President and CEO of the Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF)

    John G. Boyle is the president and CEO of the Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF). He has been instrumental in developing a number of new initiatives for the Foundation, including the IDF Walk for Primary Immunodeficiency (PI) that launched in 2013, and securing more than $4 million in funding that supports vital IDF programs, resources, and research grants. John was diagnosed with a PI disease as an infant, specifically X-linked Agammaglobulinemia. He has received immunoglobulin replacement therapy ever since and has devoted his career to serving nonprofit organizations. John previously served as IDF’s vice president of external relations and has also worked for Children’s National Medical Center and the Platelet Disorder Support Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and master’s degree in nonprofit management from Notre Dame of Maryland University.

    Host: Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI® – INS Infusion Nurse Educator

    Guest: John G. Boyle - President & CEO of the Immune Deficiency Foundation

    Primary immunodeficiency diseases (PI) are a group of more than 350 rare, chronic disorders in which part of the body's immune system is missing or functions improperly. There are approximately 250,000 people who are diagnosed with PI in the United States. People with PI can face frequent health problems and often develop serious and debilitating illnesses. Years ago, a diagnosis of a PI meant extremely compromised lives, not just for the patients but for their families as well. Today, with early diagnosis and appropriate therapies, many patients diagnosed with a PI can live healthy, productive lives. Listen as John Boyle, President and CEO of the Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF), tells his story and describes the work of IDF.

    Founded in 1980, IDF is the national nonprofit patient organization dedicated to improving the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life of persons with PI through advocacy, education and research. 

    Resources:
    https://primaryimmune.org/ 

  • Episode 44: June 26, 2019 - Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infection Surveillance in Home Infusion Therapy

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    The challenge of defining CLABSI in home infusion therapy.

    The challenge of defining CLABSI in home infusion therapy.  

    Sara C. Keller, MD, MPH, MSHP

    Assistant Professor of Medicine Infection Disease, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Sara C. Keller, MD, MPH, MSHP, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Disease at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is also Associate Faculty in the Armstrong Institute of Patient Safety and Quality at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr Keller's research interests focus on improving the quality of care of patients receiving parenteral antibiotics outside the hospital, measures and outcomes among patients with central venous catheters in the home, and improving ambulatory antimicrobial stewardship. 

    Host: Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI® – INS Infusion Nurse Educator

    Guest: Sara C. Keller, MD, MPH, MSHP

    Central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) prevention efforts in the acute care setting have reduced national CLABSI rates by 50% over the past 20 years. This increase in patient safety in acute care settings is commendable; however, in the home infusion setting, there is currently no standardized definition for CLABSI, no reporting mechanism, or mandatory reporting required for CLABSI. This is significant in that currently1.24 million courses of home infusion therapy are delivered via central vascular access devices (CVADs) to 829,000 patients each year in the U.S. More importantly, home infusion therapy is increasing at a rate of 8% annually. Listen as Dr. Sara Keller discusses collaborative work to help define CLABSI in the home infusion setting which will foster surveillance methodology and improvement processes in this burgeoning patient care environment.

    Resources:
    1. Keller SC, Alexander MC, Williams D, et al. Perspectives on central-line–associated bloodstream infection surveillance in home infusion therapy. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 2019;40(6), 729-731. doi:10.1017/ice.2019.90.
    2. Keller SC, Williams D, Rock C, et al. A new frontier: Central line-associated bloodstream infection surveillance in home infusion therapy. Am J Infect Control, 2018; 46(12), 1419-1421. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2018.05.016.

  • Health Care of the Future: How Nurses Can Fix the Hospital

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/19/2019

    In this era of rapid change in health care, nurses must become aware of the opportunities available to contribute. By examining not only nursing’s past, but also its future, various methods emerge that add the all-important nursing voice to the evolution of health care. In addition, examining the National Academy of Medicine’s report and update on the Future of Nursing 2030 suggests further opportunities to contribute. Included in this presentation is a discussion of technology as it contributes to advances in care.

    In this era of rapid change in health care, nurses must become aware of the opportunities available to contribute. By examining not only nursing’s past, but also its future, various methods emerge that add the all-important nursing voice to the evolution of health care. In addition, examining the National Academy of Medicine’s report and update on the Future of Nursing 2030 suggests further opportunities to contribute. Included in this presentation is a discussion of technology as it contributes to advances in care.

    Learning Outcomes: At the end of this presentation the participant will be able to:
    • Describe the role of the registered nurse in the future
    • Describe the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations as they pertain to the nurses’ role
    • Understand strategic practices for developing the nursing role

    Adele Webb, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN

    Assistant Dean, Capella University

    Adele Webb, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, is an assistant dean at Capella University. Her focus is on international nurse capacity development as it relates to both communicable and non-communicable diseases. She has received extensive funding for her international work and has published her findings in several refereed journals. Adele has contributed to World Health Organization guidelines, testified to the Institute of Medicine, and given testimony to the White House on nursing workforce issues. She continues to collaborate with the WHO as well as the World NCD Congress, and these efforts have helped contribute to improved nurse capacity in health care systems across 43 countries.

    CRNI® RUs: This session has been approved for 1 CRNI® recertification unit and meets the non INS Meeting criteria.

    Contact Hours: This session has been approved for 1 contact hour

    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: June 19, 2022

    To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.


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

  • Episode 43: June 12, 2019 - Sickle Cell Disease: My Story

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Living with sickle cell anemia: what I wish my caregivers understood about me—Kelsey Taylor

    Living with sickle cell anemia: what I wish my caregivers understood about me—Kelsey Taylor

    Kelsey Taylor

    My name is Kelsey Taylor and I am a 25-year-old college student at Wheaton College, MA studying Film and New Media Studies. I was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia at birth, and since then have been advocating for patients nationwide. While struggling with sickle cell, I had my first pain crisis when I was 5 years old, suffered severe daily pain since age 16, and at 19 I ended up doing a bone marrow transplant in an attempt to cure my disease. I engrafted—meaning new, healthy bone marrow was producing normal cells—but my body rejected the healthy marrow and sickle cell disease returned a month later. Since then, I've focused on advocating and sharing my experience with the disease, including creating a podcast to raise awareness of the patient perspective of not just sickle cell, but many chronic illnesses, diseases, and disabilities. The Pill podcast is a new type of health podcast that interviews young adults who have chronic illness, diseases, and disabilities worldwide.

    Host: Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI® – INS Infusion Nurse Educator

    Guest: Kelsey Taylor

    Sickle cell disease is a family of blood disorders that affects the hemoglobin molecule in red blood cells, and impacts approximately 80,000 individuals in the United States. It’s the most common inherited blood disorder in this country, affecting 1 in 500 African Americans and 1 in 1000-1400 Hispanic Americans. In sickle cell disease, the hemoglobin molecules are atypical and change into a crescent—or sickle—shape. Those living with sickle cell disease often experience episodes of severe pain and suffer the effects of anemia, which causes extreme fatigue, shortness of breath and, in children, delayed growth and development. In adults, serious complications may include pulmonary hypertension, a form of high blood pressure that affects the blood vessels that supply the lung. 

    Podcast guest Kelsey Taylor describes her experiences living with the disease, and explains how she works to advocate for those who experience sickle cell and other chronic conditions.

    Resources:
    The Pill: http://thepillpodcast.buzzspro...
    The Pill on iTunes at: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/...
    Sickle Cell Disease Association of America: https://www.sicklecelldisease.... 

  • Virtual Conference: Strong Nurses, Strong Practice

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/21/2019

    Caring for the caregiver is often a discounted aspect of health care. Nurses pour out their compassion, strength, abilities, and expertise on behalf of their patients, yet often, their own personal health and well-being is neglected. This focus track is dedicated to building strong nurses and strong practice. This entire program has been approved for 5 contact hours and 10 CRNI® RUs and meets the INS Meeting criteria.

    STRONG NURSES, STRONG PRACTICE

    Caring for the caregiver is often a discounted aspect of health care. Nurses pour out their compassion, strength, abilities, and expertise on behalf of their patients, yet often, their own personal health and well-being is neglected. This focus track is dedicated to building strong nurses and strong practice.

    Championing Workplace Civility

    8:00 - 9:00 AM EDT
    • Understanding why horizontal violence exists
    • Steps that need to be taken in order to change the status quo
    • Applying the describe, express, specify, and consequences (DESC) model to strengthen civility in the workplace

    Compassion Fatigue and Burnout: Understanding the Differences and Managing the Consequences

    9:00 - 10:00 AM EDT
    • Development of a nurse-patient therapeutic relationship may put nurses at risk for compassion fatigue
    • Cumulative stress related to the work environment can contribute to burnout
    • Explore strategies to recognize and manage the symptoms of compassion fatigue and burnout and mitigate the risks 

    Substance Use Disorder in Nursing

    10:30 - 11:30 AM EDT
    • Substance use disorder (SUD) is a complex disease with many serious consequences
    • Health care workers are not immune, and SUD is especially challenging in the nursing profession
    • This session will describe SUD, identify the symptoms, and discuss the nurse’s obligation to act if SUD is suspected in a colleague

    It's Time for YOU: The Healthy Infusion Nurse

    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT
    • Take a moment to think about taking better care of yourself and getting healthy
    • Attendees will learn about mind-body interventions including the power of gratitude, meditation, grounding, mindfulness, and breathing

    Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation

    1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT
    • American Nurses Association’s (ANA’s) “Healthy Risk Appraisal,” led to the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) initiative.
    • This session will discuss the key areas of nurse well-being including rest, nutrition, physical activity, quality of life, and safety and how to implement them into practice
    Contact Hours

    This entire program has been approved for 5 contact hours. Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: May 21, 2022

    CRNI® Recertification Units

    This entire program has been approved for 10 CRNI® recertification units and meets the INS Meeting criteria.

    *Note: Participants who attend the live version of this program at INS 2019 in Baltimore, MD are not eligible to receive contact hours or CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

    Championing Workplace Civility

    Arna Robins, MSN, RN, CEN, CFRN, NREMT
    8:00 - 9:00 AM EDT

    Although nurses enter the profession to help others, many times nurses are not helpful to one another. All nurses must understand why horizontal violence exists and what steps need to be taken to change the status quo. This session will define and describe different types of horizontal violence and discuss the reasons for its occurrence. Using the describe, express, specify, and consequences (DESC) model, attendees will learn how to have difficult conversations with colleagues in an effort to strengthen civility in the workplace.

    Learning Outcomes: After the session, attendees will be able to describe horizontal violence and discuss strategies for having difficult conversations.


    Compassion Fatigue and Burnout: Understanding the Differences and Managing the Consequences

    Deborah Boyle, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, FAAN
    Marlene Steinheiser, PhD, RN, CRNI®
    9:00 - 10:00 AM EDT

    When developing a nurse-patient therapeutic relationship, a nurse’s proclivity for empathy may put them at risk for compassion fatigue. Cumulative stress related to the work environment can contribute to burnout. Although compassion fatigue and burnout have similarities in etiologies, triggers, and symptoms, they differ in several ways. This session will explore strategies on how to recognize and  manage the symptoms of both situations, understand the similarities and differences, and how to mitigate the risks.

    Learning Outcomes: After the session, attendees will be able to describe the similarities and differences between compassion fatigue and burnout, and verbalize potential strategies to manage both.


    Substance Use Disorder in Nursing

    Suzanne Alunni-Kinkle, MSN, RN, CARN
    10:30 - 11:30 AM EDT

    Substance use disorder (SUD) is a complex disease with many serious consequences. SUD can range in severity from substance misuse to substance dependency. Health care workers are not immune, and SUD is especially challenging in the nursing profession. This disorder affects as many as 1 in 10 nurses, many of whom are not identified and may continue to practice, potentially endangering the lives of patients. This session will describe SUD, identify the symptoms, and discuss the nurse’s obligation to act if SUD is suspected in a colleague.

    Learning Outcomes: After the session, attendees will be able to identify behavioral and physical changes that occur with SUD and will understand steps to take if SUD is suspected.


    It's Time for YOU: The Healthy Infusion Nurse

    Melissa Harker, MSN, RN-BC
    Sara Scheller, BSN, RN, CCRN, NBC-HWC
    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT

    When was the last time you took a moment to think about taking better care of yourself and getting healthy? In this mind-body connection session, attendees will learn about mind-body interventions, including the power of gratitude, meditation, grounding, mindfulness, and breathing.

    Learning Outcome: After the session, attendees will be able to describe mind-body strategies that foster health and wellness.


    Healthy  Nurse, Healthy Nation

    Holly Carpenter, BSN, RN
    1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT

    Many nurses in the United States are overweight, do not get enough sleep, do not eat the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables, and have high workplace stress. In recognition of this alarming data from the American Nurses Association’s (ANA’s) “Healthy Risk Appraisal,” ANA created the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) initiative. This session will discuss the key areas of nurse well-being including rest, nutrition, physical activity, quality of life, and safety, along with strategies for implementation in practice.

    Learning Outcomes: After the session, attendees will be able to discuss the HNHN initiative and make a commitment to improve their own health and wellness.


    Contact Hours

    This entire program has been approved for 5 contact hours.

     Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: May 21, 2022


    CRNI® Recertification Units

    This entire program has been approved for 10 CRNI® recertification units and meets the INS Meeting criteria.

    *Note: Participants who attend the live version of this program at INS 2019 in Baltimore, MD are not eligible to receive contact hours or CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

    Arna Robins, MSN, RN, CEN, CFRN, NREMT

    PeaceHealth

    Arna K. Robins, MSN, RN, CEN, CFRN, NREMT, was a pediatric/neonatal flight nurse in the Southwest, before returning to the Pacific Northwest in 2012, where she is a house supervisor at Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor, Washington. She obtained an MSN from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix and a BSN from Azusa Pacific University in Azua, California, and she is a coauthor of the book The Dauntless Nurse: Communications Confidence Builder.

    Deborah Boyle, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, FAAN

    Advanced Oncology Nursing Resources

    Deborah Boyle, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, FAAN, is a certified advanced oncology clinical nurse specialist who has practiced for more than 4 decades. She has been the recipient of numerous honors from the Oncology Nursing Society, and in 1999, she was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing. Debi has delivered many lectures in the United States and abroad, and is the author of more than 300 publications and 4 books.

    Marlene Steinheiser, PhD, RN, CRNI®

    Infusion Nurses Society

    Marlene Steinheiser, PhD, RN, CRNI®,  is the Infusion Nurses Society's director of nursing education. Dr. Steinheiser has more than 30 years of nursing experience in acute care, home infusion/home care, long-term care, education, and regulatory environments. Her research interest is compassion fatigue and its effects on nurses, patients, and organizations. Dr. Steinheiser's most recent research on compassion fatigue among nurses in skilled nursing facilities has been supported by grants from the University of Arizona and Sigma Theta Tau.

    Suzanne Alunni-Kinkle, MSN, RN, CARN

    FSSolutions

    Suzanne Alunni-Kinkle, MSN, RN, CARN, has more than 29 years of experience in substance use disorder treatment and prevention. Currently, she is director of business  development–recovery management solutions for FSSolutions, an administrator of professional health monitoring services. Previously, she was chief nursing director of the Intervention Project for Nurses of the Florida Nurses Association and director of the New Jersey State Nurses Association's recovery and monitoring program. She serves on the executive of board of directors for the International Nurses Society of Addictions and the board of directors of the National Organization of Alternative Programs. Ms. Alunni-Kinkle is a member of the American Nurses Association and the Florida Nurses Association.

    Melissa Harker, MSN, RN-BC

    Hackensack Meridian Health

    Melissa Harker, MSN, RN-BC, is the manager of education for integrative health and medicine at Hackensack Meridian Health. She holds a master's degree in nursing education and a national certification in gerontology. Currently working on a doctoral degree with a focus on nursing leadership, she also has studied at the BirchTree Center of Healthcare Transformation and is a graduate of the Integrative Healing Arts Academy. Ms. Harker is a visiting professor at several universities and a published writer.

    Sara Scheller, BSN, RN, CCRN, NBC-HWC

    Hackensack Meridian Health

    Sara Scheller, BSN, RN, CCRN, NBC-HWC, is a nationally board-certified  health and wellness coach and an integrative nurse health coach for the integrative health and medicine program at Hackensack Meridian Health in New Jersey. Ms. Scheller received a BSN from Stockton University in Galloway Township in New Jersey and has trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the HeartMath Institute, and the Birch Tree Center for Healthcare Transformation. She is also an active member of the American Holistic Nurses Association and a system-wide health and wellness nursing council.

    Holly Carpenter, BSN, RN

    American Nurses Association

    Holly Carpenter, BSN, RN, is the senior policy advisor for the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Nursing Practice and Work Environment and Innovation departments. Her responsibilities include ANA's Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation initiatives, such as the Grand Challenge; resources and continuing education programs; and supporting work environment issues. Before joining the ANA, she was worked for the Maryland Nurses Association and the state of Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

  • Going Deep: An Implanted Vascular Access Port Review

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/20/2019

    After the session, attendees will be able to compare and contrast his or her current understanding about implanted vascular access ports with the information presented and become aware of areas where practice change may be necessary.

    Any “port” in a storm? Not all ports are the same. In this session, learn more about implanted vascular access ports, what they are, what they are not, and what the infusion nurse’s responsibilities are regarding port care, maintenance, and use.

    Learning Outcomes: After the session, attendees will be able to compare and contrast his or her current understanding about implanted vascular access ports with the information presented and become aware of areas where practice change may be necessary.

    Susanne Conley, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, CPON®

    Clinical Specialist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Susanne Conley, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, CPON®, is a clinical nurse specialist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in Boston. Her work has been published in several professional nursing journals, and she has been the author of chapters for oncology textbooks. She helped develop an infusion team at DFCI focused on best practice for central line care, and was selected as an expert panelist at the Oncology Nursing Society's 2018 Annual Congress for best practice in central line care.

    CRNI® RUs: 2                                                                        
    This entire program has been approved for 2 CRNI® recertification units and meets the INS Meeting criteria.
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS 2019 in Baltimore, MD are not eligible to receive CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

    Contact Hours: 1         
    To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.                                                             
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS 2019 in Baltimore, MD are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.


    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: May 20, 2022

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

  • Breast Cancer Treatment Update

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/20/2019

    After the session, attendees will be able to report increased knowledge about breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and survival.

    More than 250,000 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in the US in 2018. The second most-common cancer in women, the incidence of breast cancer is surpassed only by skin cancer. The average risk of developing breast cancer among American women is 12%, or 1 in 8. Researchers around the world are working to find better ways to prevent, detect, and treat breast cancer, and to improve the quality of life of patients and survivors. Some of the many active areas of research include: causes, treatment of metastatic breast cancer, new laboratory tests for breast cancer, breast cancer treatment, and supportive care. This session will highlight what is new in the field of breast cancer and how the infusion nurse is an integral member of the breast cancer treatment team.

    Learning Outcomes: After the session, attendees will be able to report increased knowledge about breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and survival.

    Linda Bell, MS, RN, CBCN®, CN-BN®

    Assistant Nurse Manager, University of Rochester

    Linda Bell, MS, RN, CBCN®, CN-BN®, is a registered nurse with 35 years of  experience in medical, surgical, and oncology nursing. As the assistant nurse manager of the University of Rochester's Wilmot Cancer Institute, she developed and implemented a multidisciplinary breast clinic. Her abstract publications include Assessing and Treating Lymphedema Using Bioimpedance Spectroscopy in Breast Cancer Patients, and she coauthored Piloting of Psychosocial Distress Monitoring in a Multidisciplinary Breast Center. Ms. Bell was the president of the Genesee Valley Oncology Nurses Society in 2018.

    CRNI® RUs: 2                                                                        
    This entire program has been approved for 2 CRNI® recertification units and meets the INS Meeting criteria.
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS 2019 in Baltimore, MD are not eligible to receive CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

    Contact Hours: 1         
    To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.                                                             
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS 2019 in Baltimore, MD are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.


    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: May 20, 2022

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

  • Inotrope Therapy in Home Infusion and Hospice Care

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/20/2019

    After the session, attendees will be able to identify patients who are appropriate for inotropic therapy at home and discuss nursing considerations for those patients.

    Inotrope therapy is now administered in the home setting for patients with advanced heart failure, as a bridge to transplantation or palliation of symptoms. Interdisciplinary collaboration is key to the success of inotrope therapy at home and the prevention of hospital readmissions. This session will discuss heart failure etiology, medications used for inotrope therapy, the identification of patients who are appropriate for home inotropic therapy, treatment guidelines, and nursing considerations. The importance of interdisciplinary collaboration throughout the process for a successful care plan and the prevention of hospital readmission will be addressed.

    Learning Outcomes: After the session, attendees will be able to identify patients who are appropriate for inotropic therapy at home and discuss nursing considerations for those patients.

    Nimi Tarango, MSN, RN, GNP-BC

    Nurse Practitioner, Cardiology Service, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center

    Nimaljeet (Nimi) K. Tarango, MSN, RN, GNP-BC, is a nurse practitioner on the cardiology service at University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center. She has more than 22 years of experience, 13 of which have focused on heart failure. The recipient of numerous awards, including the Excellence in Cardiovascular Nursing Award, the Preceptor of the Year Award, among several others, she has also published material in the areas of pulmonary arterial hypertension and heart failure.

    CRNI® RUs: 2                                                                        
    This entire program has been approved for 2 CRNI® recertification units and meets the INS Meeting criteria.
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS 2019 in Baltimore, MD are not eligible to receive CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

    Contact Hours: 1         
    To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.                                                             
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS 2019 in Baltimore, MD are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.


    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: May 20, 2022

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

  • CLABSI: A Clinical Update

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/20/2019

    After the session, attendees will be able to identify the most common pathogens associated with CLABSI, its clinical presentation, and techniques to reduce the risk of contamination.

    Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) are preventable infections that lead to thousands of patient deaths each year. In addition to the loss of patient lives, these infections add billions of dollars to the cost of health care in the US. This session will review the most common pathogens associated with CLABSI, its clinical presentation, confirmatory testing, and preventative techniques.

    Learning Outcome: After the session, attendees will be able to identify the most common pathogens associated with CLABSI, its clinical presentation, and techniques to reduce the risk of contamination.

    ​Ann Marie Pettis, BSN, RN, CIC®, FAPIC

    Director of Infection Prevention, University of Rochester Medicine

    Ann Marie Pettis, BSN, RN, CIC®, FAPIC, has been an infection preventionist for more than 30 years. She is currently director of infection prevention for University of Rochester Medicine in Rochester, New York. She has held a variety of elected and volunteer positions during her long-standing involvement with the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. She currently serves as secretary of the executive committee of the APIC Board of Directors. She also was an author of the CLABSI prevention section of the 2014 update of The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals.

    CRNI® RUs: 2                                                                        
    This entire program has been approved for 2 CRNI® recertification units and meets the INS Meeting criteria.
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS 2019 in Baltimore, MD are not eligible to receive CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

    Contact Hours: 1        
    To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.                                                            
    *Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS 2019 in Baltimore, MD are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.


    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: May 20, 2022

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