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  • Resetting the Standards: Examining the 2021 Changes Virtual Conference

    Contains 8 Product(s)

    The Standards of Practice committee will explore some of the changes that can be found in the newest edition of the Standards. During each day, there will be an opportunity for attendees to engage with members of the committee to ask clarifying questions and to discuss how these changes will impact clinical practice. At the conclusion of the meeting you will be able to claim contact hours and CRNI® recertification units.

    The Standards of Practice committee will explore some of the changes that can be found in the newest edition of the Standards. During each day, there will be an opportunity for attendees to engage with members of the committee to ask clarifying questions and to discuss how these changes will impact clinical practice. At the conclusion of the meeting you will be able to claim contact hours and CRNI® recertification units. 

  • Perceptions of Adult Hospitalized Patients with Difficult Venous Access Experiencing Short Peripheral Catheter Insertion: An Opportunity for Clinicians to Improve Patients’ Experiences

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 01/27/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Hospitalized patients require venous access for procedures, treatments, or therapies. The short peripheral catheter (SPC) is one option for patients who need intravenous (IV) access. Patients with difficult vasculature sometimes require multiple attempts to obtain SPC access. This session will explore the perceptions and experiences of patients with difficult access, requiring multiple attempts to obtain SPC access. Ways clinicians can improve the patient’s experience will also be discussed.

    Hospitalized patients require venous access for procedures, treatments, or therapies. The short peripheral catheter (SPC) is one option for patients who need intravenous (IV) access. Patients with difficult vasculature sometimes require multiple attempts to obtain SPC access. This session will explore the perceptions and experiences of patients with difficult access, requiring multiple attempts to obtain SPC access. Ways clinicians can improve the patient’s experience will also be discussed. 

    Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this webinar, learners will be able to: 

    a) describe the physical and emotional impact the SPC insertion may have on a patient with difficult venous access and

    b) identify at least three measures to improve the experience of the patient with difficult access.

    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 27, 2024

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


    The Infusion Nurses Society is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #CEP14209. The certificate must be retained by the attendee for a period of 4 years.

  • Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice 2016 to 2021 Crosswalk

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This document highlights the notable revisions of the 2016 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice to the current 2021 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice. Clinicians are strongly encouraged to review the entire publication to help ensure infusion practices follow the most current evidenced-based data.

    This document highlights the notable revisions of the 2016 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice to the current 2021 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice. Clinicians are strongly encouraged to review the entire publication to help ensure infusion practices follow the most current evidenced-based data.

  • Risk factors for peripheral intravenous catheter failure in the care of patients with cancer: How can we improve care?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/16/2020

    The purpose of this presentation will be to share results of a prospective observational study and a cancer-specific sub-analysis of a large international cross—sectional study, to explore both modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for PIVC failure among hematology and oncology patients.

    Background and Objective:

    Peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVCs) are regularly used to administer intravenous infusates, including blood, chemotherapy, fluids, and supportive care drugs, in the treatment of cancer.

    The purpose of this presentation will be to share results of a prospective observational study and a cancer-specific sub-analysis of a large international cross—sectional study, to explore both modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for PIVC failure among hematology and oncology patients.

    Methods:

    During the observational study, two hundred adult patients requiring a PIVC upon admission to a tertiary hospital in Queensland, Australia, were prospectively followed from admission through discharge. Each PIVC the patient received was followed and documented to understand how risk factors, both modifiable (e.g. PIVC gauge) and nonmodifiable (e.g. patient age), impacted upon all-cause PIVC failure. Following this, an oncology/hematology sub-analysis of a large international cross-sectional study was conducted, including n=1807 adult participants from 24 countries. During this study, participants were assessed once for PIVC characteristics and the presence of complications.

    Results:

    The cross-sectional survey identified several modifiable risk factors for complications, including insertion by medical physicians (compared with nurse and vascular access teams), insertion in emergency settings, poor PIVC dressing integrity, and dwell time ≥49 hours. Treatment risk factors included administration of intravenous colloids/blood products and antiemetics. The observational cohort study identified a single protective factor against PIVC dislodgement – the use of non-sterile tape (external to the primary dressing).

    Conclusion:

    The rate of all-cause PIVC failure in cancer settings remains high. It is important that clinicians and researchers understand both modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors in order to inform quality improvement and future large interventional research studies.

     

    Learning objectives:

    1.     Recognize what modifiable risk factors are associated with PIVC failure in Oncology and Hematology settings, and ways to mitigate them.

    2.     Describe the impact of non-modifiable (inherent) risk factors (such as age and gender) upon PIVC failure, and how this should influence device, vein, location, and dressing selection.

    3.     Understand how PIVC characteristics vary internationally and consider how to place these results in the context of your own clinical setting.

    ​Emily Larsen

    Research Fellow, Vascular Access

    Emily Larsen is a Research Fellow, Vascular Access, with positions at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Griffith University in Australia. In her various roles with the Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research (AVATAR), Ms. Larsen has coordinated over 30 single and multi-centre clinical trials, cohort studies and qualitative inquiries over the last 8 years. Her interests and expertise include patient experience of IV access and vascular access devices in oncology and hematology, as well as the classification and prevention of catheter-associated bloodstream infections.

    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 16, 2023

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


    The Infusion Nurses Society is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #CEP14209. The certificate must be retained by the attendee for a period of 4 years.

  • Episode 71: December 23, 2020 - Employee Engagement for Remote Workers

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Working remotely can cause feelings of isolation and may lead to employee disengagement. Listen as Ashley Smith, who manages home care nurses, describes the importance of employee engagement, especially for those who work remotely.

    Working remotely can cause feelings of isolation and may lead to employee disengagement. Listen as Ashley Smith, who manages home care nurses, describes the importance of employee engagement, especially for those who work remotely.

    Ashley Smith, MSN, RN, CRNI®

    Specialty Accreditation Manager & Infusion Nursing Administrator

    Paragon Healthcare

    Ashley Smith, MSN, RN, CRNI®, is the Specialty Accreditation Manager and Infusion Nursing Administrator at Paragon Healthcare. Mrs. Smith has spent many years caring for pediatric and adult patients who require specialty medication, with a focus in bleeding disorders. Prior to finding her place in home infusion, she worked in emergency medicine, cardiology, and general medicine. Mrs. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville State University and an MSN in Nursing Education from the University of North Alabama.

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

    Guest:

    ·      Ashley Smith, RN, MSN, CRNI®

    Engaged employees are those who feel involved in the organization – those who are committed to their work, colleagues and workplace. When an employee feels isolated or out of the loop, it leads to disengagement.

    From a business standpoint, disengagement can negatively impact productivity, morale, and ultimately, business. A recent study showed that disengaged employees can cost the US economy up to $605 billion in lost productivity by being late to work, missing shifts, and disrupting others with negativity.

    Listen as Ashley Smith, who manages home care nurses, describes the importance of employee engagement, especially for those who work remotely.

    Resources:

    Remote workers care about employee engagement too | Slack

    4 ways effective leadership inspires employee engagement | Slack

    24 Unique Virtual Employee Engagement Ideas & Activities (teambuilding.com)

  • Episode 70: December 7, 2020 - Your CRNI® 2020 Recertification Solution

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    If your CRNI® recertification is due by January 1, 2021, INS has the solution for you! Also, we discuss the revised Standards and the upcoming Standards Symposium, as well as the new Policies and Procedures for Infusion Therapy!

    If your CRNI® recertification is due by January 1, 2021, INS has the solution for you! Also, we discuss the revised Standards and the upcoming Standards Symposium, as well as the new Policies and Procedures for Infusion Therapy! 

    Chris Hunt

    Executive Vice President, INS

    As INS’ executive vice president, Chris Hunt works with the executive team to develop strategies for new business development and organizational growth. Chris began his career at INS in 1995 and has held the positions of meetings manager, director of meetings, and director of marketing, before assuming his current position as executive vice president. 

    Valerie Sanchez

    Certification Administrator, INCC

    Valerie is responsible for administering all tasks associated with the maintenance of the CRNI® certification program and the growth of Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation. With the rest of the team, she creates and implements innovative and engaging certification initiatives. With over a decade of experience in marketing, sales and advertising, Valerie brings a unique approach toward management and administration.  Valerie is happy to answer any questions regarding the CRNI® exam, CRNI® Academy, and the recertification process in general.

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

    Guests:

    ·      Chris Hunt, MBA, INS Executive Vice President

    ·       Valerie Sanchez, INCC Certification Administrator

    INCC wants to help you obtain the RUs that you will need for recertification, as we know that maintaining your CRNI® credential is instrumental for your infusion therapy practice. You are busy working on the front lines of a pandemic, but feeling confident, supported and equipped as a practicing CRNI®, is important to you. Assuming you are missing a significant number of RUs, or all 40, you are encouraged to look in the INS LEARNING CENTER for INS 2020 Virtual Conference Recordings Package.

    ·      This activity conveniently gives you access to every session from INS 2020, in one place.

    ·      As an INS member you can get access at a discounted rate of $695.

    ·      Watch your favorite 20 sessions on-demand and get the 40 RUs needed for recertification. It’s that easy!

    Resources:

    ·      INS 2020 Virtual Conference Recordings Package – https://www.learningcenter.ins1.org/products/ins-2020-virtual-conference-recordings-package#tab-product_tab_overview

    ·      INS 2020 Virtual Conference Sessions - INS Learning Center: INS 2020 Virtual Conference Recordings Package (ins1.org)

    ·      CRNI® Recertification Basics - Recertification - INS (ins1.org)

    ·      Recertification Options - Recertification RU Options - INS (ins1.org)

  • Episode 69: November 11, 2020 - Innovation in Infusion Nursing: INS Innovation Award Winner Ellen Marrs

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    “Innovative leadership has had a significant impact on the standard of care in IV therapy across all Northside Hospital campuses. With established practices, education and training in place, the IV Therapy Team is central to improving infusion-related care.”

    “Innovative leadership has had a significant impact on the standard of care in IV therapy across all Northside Hospital campuses. With established practices, education and training in place, the IV Therapy Team is central to improving infusion-related care.”  

    ​Ellen Marrs CRNI®, VA-BC

    Ellen Marrs CRNI®, VA-BC, earned her associate degree and diploma at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. She worked two years at Jackson, the Miami county hospital, on a neuro-surgical floor. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she worked for eight years at Shepherd Spinal Center. At Shepherd, she was in charge of a small intermediate care unit.

    Ellen began working at Northside Hospital in 1990. She worked as a staff nurse and then became a PICC Specialist and the IV Therapy Clinician. Ellen then became a Service Coordinator, which is her current role. As IV Therapy Service Coordinator, she has been given the opportunity to steer her practice and do her best to maintain a standard of excellence. This has been a privilege and a challenge unlike any other. Patient care is first, and this is the shared value at Northside Hospital.

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

    Guests:

    ·      Ellen Marrs RN, CRNI®, VA-BC

    ·      Lori M Brown BSN, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC

     Join a conversation with CRNIs®, Ellen Marrs and Lori Brown from Northside Hospital, in Atlanta, GA. Ellen is the INS Innovation Award winner for 2020, having been nominated by Lori Brown. Listen as Ellen and Lori describe how innovation, clinical expertise, and strong organizational support have helped to successfully manage infusion-related patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Resources:

    ·       The Infusion Excellence Award program recognizes leadership, education, research, innovation, and certification as categories most reflective of today’s infusion nurse and the infusion specialty. Nominate an infusion nurse today: www.ins1.org/membership/awards-and-recognition/

     

    ·       Interested in CRNI Certification? Get information here: https://www.ins1.org/crni-certification/

     

    ·       INS 2020 Virtual Conference – On Demand. Get information here: https://www.learningcenter.ins1.org/products/ins-2020-virtual-conference-recordings-package#tab-product_tab_sessions

     

  • Improving Vascular Access and Care with Near Infrared (NIR) Technology

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/21/2020

    Peripheral venous access is an essential part of modern in-patient medical care that is poorly managed and has a high rate of failure. Patients and clinicians are frustrated because they wish it could be done better. Old fashioned concepts and inadequate attention to developing best practices has led to the creation of an epidemic of difficult vascular access patients. Our knowledge and experience are growing and with the help of vein visualization technology, we are at a turning point to help reduce the number of venipuncture attempts and better preserve veins. Near Infrared (NIR) technology is well suited to help us implement these best practices. It provides a rapid means to assess a patient’s venous options, identifies potential venous targets, and helps optimize catheter position. It has also been proven to reduce venipuncture attempts, improve first attempt success and prolong dwell times. It thus helps improve efficiency and reduce overall costs both materially and nursing time. NIR can also reduce the need for central venous access by providing more venous options, thus reducing the risk of CLABSI. NIR is an incredibly important tool for our approach to modern venous access best practice.

    Commercial Support: AccuVein

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    Peripheral venous access is an essential part of modern in-patient medical care that is poorly managed and has a high rate of failure.  Patients and clinicians are frustrated because they wish it could be done better.  Old fashioned concepts and inadequate attention to developing best practices has led to the creation of an epidemic of difficult vascular access patients.  Our knowledge and experience are growing and with the help of vein visualization technology, we are at a turning point to help reduce the number of venipuncture attempts and better preserve veins.  Near Infrared (NIR) technology is well suited to help us implement these best practices.  It provides a rapid means to assess a patient’s venous options, identifies potential venous targets, and helps optimize catheter position.  It has also been proven to reduce venipuncture attempts, improve first attempt success and prolong dwell times.  It thus helps improve efficiency and reduce overall costs both materially and nursing time.  NIR can also reduce the need for central venous access by providing more venous options, thus reducing the risk of CLABSI.  NIR is an incredibly important tool for our approach to modern venous access best practice.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify the problems associated with our current approach to peripheral venous access and how it leads to pain, frustration and the creation of difficult vascular access (DVA) patients
    • Review best practice concepts of optimal site selection and reduced venipunctures to support vein preservation and improved vein health
    • Discuss how NIR technology supports peripheral access best practice in multiple ways and how it directly helps support prolonging dwell times, vein preservation and improve patient care


    Gregory Schears, MD

    Mayo Clinic

    Dr. Gregory J. Schears, M.D. is a Professor of Anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  He is a pediatric intensivist and anesthesiologist by training and cares for both adult and pediatric patients in his practice. He has a long standing interest in reducing patient complications and improving our approach to vascular access and patient safety. Dr. Schears completed his pediatric residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital, his anesthesia residency, pediatric anesthesia fellowship and pediatric critical care fellowship at John's Hopkins hospital, and worked at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia/ Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for 5 years until he was recruited to the Mayo Clinic in 2001 to head the ECMO service. There he serves as Consultant in Department of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota and is the physician liaison to the nurse led PICC team, former Medical Director of the ECMO Service for 16 years and Co-Director of the Congenital Heart Unit.  He has served on the editorial board for JAVA and on the AVA Board of Directors as Treasurer. He is also joining the AVA Patient Safety Foundation board this year.  He is very active with product development to help reduce complications and has given hundreds of presentations locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

    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: October 21, 2023

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


    The Infusion Nurses Society is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #CEP14209. The certificate must be retained by the attendee for a period of 4 years.

  • Types and Uses of Various SARS-CoV-19 Tests

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/07/2020

    The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-19) was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Since that time, it has rapidly spread across the globe. To help combat the epidemic, multiple testing techniques have been developed. Such technologies include molecular and diagnostic assays which detect active infection as well as antibody tests that may identify if a person has been previously exposed to the virus. In this webinar the process and science of the various testing strategies will be discussed as well as a look toward future testing techniques.

    The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-19) was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Since that time, it has rapidly spread across the globe.  To help combat the epidemic, multiple testing techniques have been developed.  Such technologies include molecular and diagnostic assays which detect active infection as well as antibody tests that may identify if a person has been previously exposed to the virus.  In this webinar the process and science of the various testing strategies will be discussed as well as a look toward future testing techniques.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Differentiate between diagnostic and antibody tests for SARS-CoV-19.
    • Describe the differences, pros, and cons between a nucleic acid and antigen diagnostic test.
    • Given a patient case, identify the best SARS-CoV-19 test to use.

    Stephanie James, PhD, MBA

    Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Science, Regis University School of Pharmacy

    Dr. Stephanie James is an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Science in the Regis University School of Pharmacy, where she teaches the immunology and infectious disease units.  She is also the current laboratory director of the Regis University Pharmacy testing lab where she processes and tests patient samples for coronavirus.  Dr. James earned her PhD in Biological Education from the University of Northern Colorado and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

    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: October 7, 2023

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


    The Infusion Nurses Society is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #CEP14209. The certificate must be retained by the attendee for a period of 4 years.

  • INS 2020 Virtual Conference Recordings Package

    Contains 31 Product(s)

    INS 2020 Virtual will come directly to you, in the comfort of your own home or office! Here you have the ability to view all 30 sessions at your convenience. The entire program has been approved for 30 Contact Hours and 60 CRNI® RUs and meetings the INS meetings criteria.​

    INS 2020 Virtual will come directly to you, in the comfort of your own home or office! Here you have the ability to view all 30 sessions at your convenience. The entire program has been approved for 30 Contact Hours and 60 CRNI® RUs and meetings the INS meetings criteria.

    To receive contact hours for each educational activity/session, 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.

    The Infusion Nurses Society is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #CEP14209. The certificate must be retained by the attendee for a period of 4 years.