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  • Infusion Reactions: Building Familiarity with the Language

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 02/12/2020 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    The availability of and indications for immunotherapies continue to grow. These fast-moving developments have necessitated heightened attention to the importance of education, regarding key components of the endogenous immune system, as well as accurate definitions for commonly used terms. This is so that appropriate acute resuscitation and future treatment decisions may be made, improving outcomes for our patients. Further, this serves to increase confidence in decision making by the clinician at the bedside, regardless of degree or title. Pulling from multidisciplinary work, this presentation combines lessons learned and specific training from emergency, critical care, and oncology nursing specialties.

    The availability of and indications for immunotherapies continue to grow. These fast-moving developments have necessitated heightened attention to the importance of education, regarding key components of the endogenous immune system, as well as accurate definitions for commonly used terms. This is so that appropriate acute resuscitation and future treatment decisions may be made, improving outcomes for our patients. Further, this serves to increase confidence in decision making by the clinician at the bedside, regardless of degree or title.  Pulling from multidisciplinary work, this presentation combines lessons learned and specific training from emergency, critical care, and oncology nursing specialties.

    Learning Outcome: At the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to:
    o Discuss relevant components of the immune system and appropriate resuscitation measures for infusion reactions
    o Reiterate the importance of accurate, timely record keeping and multidisciplinary communication regarding onset, timing, nature, and specifics of infusion reactions

    Abigail Zuehlke, BSN, CRNI®

    RN, Martha Jefferson Hospital

    Abigail Zuehlke, BSN, CRNI®, has considerable clinical experience in oncology, critical care, and emergency nursing. A dedicated, lifelong learner, she is currently pursuing her Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia. She will always be an infusion nurse at heart, with a passion for quality improvement and meaningful solutions for hardworking bedside clinicians and their patients.

    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: February 12, 2023

    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.

  • Platelet Disorders and Platelet Transfusion Best Practice

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/15/2020

    Thrombocytopenia is most commonly caused by diseases of platelet destruction. These diseases may be the result of immune or non-immune conditions. All conditions of platelet destruction, resulting in abnormally low platelet count, can be life-threatening. This session will discuss diseases of platelet destruction, intervention, and best practice for platelet transfusion.

    Thrombocytopenia is most commonly caused by diseases of platelet destruction. These diseases may be the result of immune or non-immune conditions. All conditions of platelet destruction, resulting in abnormally low platelet count, can be life-threatening. This session will discuss diseases of platelet destruction, intervention, and best practice for platelet transfusion.

    Learning Outcome: After the session, attendees will contrast immune vs non-immune diseases of platelet destruction, Platelet Disorders and Platelet Transfusion Best Practice  

    Brenda Shelton, DNP, RN, APRN-CNS, CCRN, AOCN

    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins

    Brenda Shelton, DNP, RN, APRN-CNS, CCRN, AOCN, has 40 years of critical care and oncology experience and has widely presented and published in these specialty practices. She is an active leader in the Oncology Nursing Society and also serves as an Intermittent Joint Commission International Nurse Surveyor. She is currently a clinical nurse specialist in the Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins and a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

    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: January 15, 2023

    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.

  • Thyroid Eye Disease

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/18/2019

    Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) is a serious, progressive autoimmune disease with a limited window for pharmacologic treatment, during the active disease. During this window, the disease may respond to pharmacologic intervention. With the potential of new infusion delivered treatment options on the horizon, it will be incumbent upon nurses and other healthcare providers to understand the disease state, as well as the treatment modalities. INS is of the belief that this need is best met and served through the development and delivery of nursing education programs.

    Commercial Support: Horizon

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    Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) is a serious, progressive autoimmune disease with a limited window for pharmacologic treatment, during the active disease. During this window, the disease may respond to pharmacologic intervention. With the potential of new infusion delivered treatment options on the horizon, it will be incumbent upon nurses and other healthcare providers to understand the disease state, as well as the treatment modalities. INS is of the belief that this need is best met and served through the development and delivery of nursing education programs.

    Learning Outcome:
    At the conclusion of this webinar, learners will have an increased understanding of thyroid eye disease and the treatment options available for patients with this condition.

    Terry J. Smith, M.D.

    Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

    Dr. Terry J. Smith, MD, is an internationally known experimental and clinical endocrinologist. He has studied Graves’ disease, its ocular manifestations, and related autoimmune diseases for over 35 years. He and his colleagues have mapped the mechanisms involved in tissue changes occurring in thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy (TAO), a disfiguring and potentially blinding disease for which no FDA approved medications are currently available. 

    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: December 18, 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 54: December 11, 2019 - High Level Disinfection for Ultrasound Probes

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Are you considering options for high level disinfection for ultrasound probes used in vascular access? Listen as Molly Judge, BSN, RN, VA-BC, CRNI® describes her organization’s journey.

    Are you considering options for high level disinfection for ultrasound probes used in vascular access? Listen as Molly Judge, BSN, RN, VA-BC, CRNI® describes her organization’s journey.

    Molly Judge, BSN, RN, VA-BC, CRNI®

    Vascular Access Specialist, Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital

    Molly Judge, BSN, RN, VA-BC, CRNI® is a Vascular Access Specialist at IU Health Bloomington Hospital. She leads a 7-member vascular access team to provide evidence-based care for inpatient and outpatient vascular access needs. Her facility has not had a blood stream infection, related to PICCs or midlines they've placed, in more than 3 years. Since her team assumed ownership of the care and maintenance for all CVCs in the facility, the CLABSI rate has been reduced to 0.5%. Molly is a member of both INS and AVA. She is the President and founding member of the Indiana Vascular Access Network (INDIVAN). Molly is proud to be a nerd about all things vascular access. She is the mother of two children: Lauren, who is an RN and Charlie, who is currently in nursing school. 

    Host: Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI® – INS Clinical Education & Publications Manager

    Guest: Molly Judge, BSN, RN, VA-BC, CRNI® - Vascular Access Specialist, Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital

    Do ultrasound probes used in vascular access require high level disinfection? What are the responsibilities for bedside clinicians and vascular access teams in disinfecting durable medical equipment? Join as podcast guest Molly Judge, BSN, RN, VA-BC, CRNI® describes her organization’s efforts to answer these questions. Further, she discusses how to garner support from colleagues when developing a program of high-level disinfection, as well as instituting the process into daily workflows.

    Resources: 

    • CDC Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008 Update: May 2019.  https://www.cdc.gov/infectionc... 
    • Spaulding EH. Chemical disinfection of medical and surgical materials. In: Lawrence C, Block SS, eds. Disinfection, sterilization, and preservation. Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1968:517-31.

  • Episode 53: November 27, 2019 - My Journey to Hiring Great Nurses: Tips for Hiring Managers in Healthcare

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Learn how thinking “inside the box” can lead to hiring great nurses in your health care setting.

    Learn how thinking “inside the box” can lead to hiring great nurses in your health care setting.

    Danielle Jenkins-Dandridge, BSN, RN

    Healthcare Executive Consultant, CEO of Imparting Knowledge Medical Consultants

    Danielle Jenkins-Dandridge, BSN, RN, is dedicated to promoting compassion in the field of healthcare. She also enjoys helping healthcare organizations achieve positive clinical outcomes, increase revenue and add opportunities for growth. She is a nurse that understandings the business of healthcare. 

    Danielle is a proud graduate of Charity-Delgado School of Nursing, where she received her Associate degree in Nursing. She received her BSN from the University of Texas-Arlington. She has been a practicing nurse for 19 years. Danielle spent her early years in the field of Oncology, Med-Surg, Wound Care and Home Health. 

    She successfully ran her own home health agencies for many years before making the decision to sell and move into a corporate nursing position. She has received numerous awards in leadership, including the prestigious Award of Distinction from Charity-Delgado School of Nursing. Danielle was voted one of the top 25 Women in Business by the McKinney Chamber of Commerce. 

    Host: Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI® – INS Clinical Education & Publications Manager

    Guest: Danielle Jenkins-Dandridge, BSN, RN - Healthcare Executive Consultant, CEO of Imparting Knowledge Medical Consultants.

    Hiring and retaining great employees in the health care setting can be challenging. Successful organizations must learn to think “inside” the box when approaching staffing solutions. Learn from Danielle Jenkins-Dandridge as she encourages nurse managers to look for “intrapreneurs” when filling nursing roles in their organizations.

    Resources:
    Carnegie, Dale, 1888-1955. How To Win Friends and Influence People. New York :Simon & Schuster, 2009.

  • Critical Geriatric Concepts for Infusion Nurses

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/20/2019

    As the population in the United States ages, it is becoming increasingly important that nurses in all clinical settings know how to effectively care for older adults. Research shows that lack of education on basic geriatric concepts and principles, including the changes associated with aging, can result in preventable complications and poor health outcomes for older adults. This presentation will focus on those critical geriatric concepts, as well as the resources that infusion nurses should avail themselves of, in order to practice proper care of older adults. In addition, this presentation is a call for nurses in all settings to be leaders in improving geriatric care, both where they practice and where they live. It is clear to this nursing expert that there is a critical need for nurses to be advocates for older adults and to participate in the increasing number of initiatives that seek to address the impact of aging populations on community resources.

    As the population in the United States ages, it is becoming increasingly important that nurses in all clinical settings know how to effectively care for older adults. Research shows that lack of education on basic geriatric concepts and principles, including the changes associated with aging, can result in preventable complications and poor health outcomes for older adults. This presentation will focus on those critical geriatric concepts, as well as the resources that infusion nurses should avail themselves of, in order to practice proper care of older adults. In addition, this presentation is a call for nurses in all settings to be leaders in improving geriatric care, both where they practice and where they live. It is clear to this nursing expert that there is a critical need for nurses to be advocates for older adults and to participate in the increasing number of initiatives that seek to address the impact of aging populations on community resources.

    Learning Outcomes:
    1. Identify an atypical presentation of disease in older adults.
    2. How does reduction in muscle mass and increase in fat cells impact the health of an older adult?
    3. Name one geriatric nursing resource that is recommended to be used by nurses.

    Suzanne Purvis, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC

    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Geriatrics

    Suzanne Purvis, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC, has been a geriatric clinical nurse specialist for 20 years. She obtained both her MSN and Master’s Certificate in gerontology from Georgia State University and earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Minnesota. Her published work has focused on geriatric nursing competency development, the use of electronic health records in geriatrics, and dementia care education. She is currently a clinical nurse specialist for Beaumont Health in Royal Oak, Michigan and teaches geriatric best practice to acute care nurses. Suzanne is also on the Michigan State Dementia Coalition.

    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: November 20, 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 52: November 13, 2019 - Nursing Now USA – Highlighting the Impact of Nurses on Patients, Families and Communities

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    “Nursing Now USA is aimed at improving health and health care by highlighting the impact of nurses on patients, families and communities at all levels and worldwide.” (ANA, 2019 News Release.) Listen as guest Cheryl Peterson highlights this important campaign and discusses the impact of nurses.

    “Nursing Now USA is aimed at improving health and health care by highlighting the impact of nurses on patients, families and communities at all levels and worldwide.” (ANA, 2019 News Release.) Listen as guest Cheryl Peterson highlights this important campaign and discusses the impact of nurses.

    Cheryl A. Peterson, MSN, RN

    Vice President, Nursing Programs, American Nurses Association

    Cheryl Peterson, MSN, RN, is the Vice President of the Nursing Programs Department at the American Nurses Association. In this role, she is responsible for guiding ANA’s Department of Nursing Practice and Work Environment, the Center for Ethics and Human Rights, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Minority Fellowship Program. Since coming to ANA in 1990, Ms. Peterson has developed significant expertise in the application of policy and strategic advocacy efforts, in order to effectively address issues within the field of nursing. Through her work, Ms. Peterson advances the Association’s vision of a healthier world through the power of nursing

    Host: Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI® – INS Clinical Education & Publications Manager

    Guest: Cheryl Peterson, MSN, RN - Director, Nursing Practice & Policy at American Nurses Association

    “In April 2019, the national arm of global campaign Nursing Now was launched to improve health and health care by highlighting the impact of nurses on patients, families and communities at all levels and worldwide. Nursing Now USA will address key issues in the nursing profession such as workplace violence, pay equity, staffing shortages and barriers to practice.” (ANA, 2019 News Release). Learn more about Nursing Now USA with guest Cheryl Peterson, MSN, RN - Director, Nursing Practice & Policy at American Nurses Association.

    Resources:

    • ANA News Release: https://www.nursingworld.org/n... 
    • Nursing Now USA information: https://www.nursingnow.org/joi... 
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing - https://nursing.unc.edu/ 
    • University of Washington School of Nursing - https://nursing.uw.edu/ 
    • American Nurses Association - https://www.nursingworld.org/ 


  • The Cascading Effects of Medical Errors

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/02/2019

    After the session, attendees will be able to explain the strategies presented to prevent medical errors.

    Every medical error involves a patient, a family, an organization, a nurse, a physician, or other health care personnel. Some errors often have a lasting impact on the the patient?s physical and emotional health, financial well-being, or family relationships. The nurse involved may also experience signs of ?second victim syndrome.? This session will examine the cascading effects of medical error events with real-life case studies. Attendees will learn strategies to proactively prevent medical errors in their practice as well as promote patient safety.

    Learning Outcomes: After the session, attendees will be able to explain the strategies presented to prevent medical errors.

    ​Rachel Zastrow, RN, DNP, CPPS, LSSBB

    Director of Patient Safety, Central Chicago Region, Advocate Aurora Health

    Rachel Zastrow, RN, DNP, CPPS, LSSBB,  had her first foray into patient safety in 2008, when she was invited to participate in a process improvement team to eliminate CLABSI; she has been hooked ever since. She studied infection control at Loyola and achieved a doctoral in health systems administration at Rush University Chicago. She has been a director of patient safety in the Advocate Aurora Health system since 2014.

    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 National Academy in San Diego, CA 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 National Academy in San Diego, CA are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.


    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: November 2, 2022

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

  • Peripheral Intravenous Catheters: A QI Project

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/02/2019

    After the session, attendees will be able to discuss the details of a quality improvement project on a bundled approach to decrease infections related to peripheral intravenous catheters.

    This session will outline a quality improvement (QI) project on a bundled approach to decrease the rate of catheter-related bloodstream infections. Session leaders will detail the rationale and procedures then conduct a discussion of project results, limitations, and recommendations for practice.

    Learning Outcomes: After the session, attendees will be able to discuss the details of a quality improvement project on a bundled approach to decrease infections related to peripheral intravenous catheters.

    ​Mary Duncan, RN, MSN, CIC

    Sr. Director Infection Prevention, UAB Health System

    Mary Duncan, RN, MSN, CIC, is a certified Infection Preventionist who has spent the last 12 years implementing best practices at her hospital to prevent infections in patients. She is currently the Senior Director of Infection Prevention at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Health System.

    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 National Academy in San Diego, CA 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 National Academy in San Diego, CA are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.


    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: November 2, 2022

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

  • The Bloody Truth: Specimen Collection from VADs

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/02/2019

    After the session, attendees will be able to describe the methods and procedure for drawing blood samples from the different types of VADs.

    Vascular access devices (VADs) can be used for infusion therapy or drawing blood specimens for laboratory analysis. This session will discuss the INS Standards of Practice for drawing blood from different types of VADs, including methods and procedures. Common questions regarding drawing blood cultures, changing needleless connectors, and obtaining blood from a heparinized CVAD for coagulation tests will be addressed.

    Learning Outcomes: After the session, attendees will be able to describe the methods and procedure for drawing blood samples from the different types of VADs.

    Karen Johnson, MSN, MBA, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC

    Clinical Director of Vascular Access, TridentCare

    Karen T. Johnson, MSN, MBA, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC, is the clinical director of vascular access for TridentCare. Before working in the infusion and vascular access specialty, her professional experience was in  neonatal intensive care and adult critical care. Ms. Johnson has held leadership positions in INS chapters, worked on INS' National Council on Education for 2 terms, and was a reviewer for INS' Clinical Competency Validation Program for Infusion Therapy.

    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 National Academy in San Diego, CA 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 National Academy in San Diego, CA are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.


    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: November 2, 2022

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