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  • Infusion Therapy in Alternative Care Settings

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/12/2018

    Administering infusion therapy in alternative care settings requires expert planning and management. Infusion nurses must be knowledgeable when providing care for patients in home, hospice, and other non-acute facilities. This webinar will address best practices for attaining and maintaining vascular access, administration of infusion therapy, and safety and infection control in alternative care settings.

    Administering infusion therapy in alternative care settings requires expert planning and management. Infusion nurses must be knowledgeable when providing care for patients in home, hospice, and other non-acute facilities. This webinar will address best practices for attaining and maintaining vascular access, administration of infusion therapy, and safety and infection control in alternative care settings. 

    Learning Outcomes:
    At the conclusion of this webinar, attendees will:
    a) be able to describe best practices for attaining and maintaining vascular access in alternate care settings and 
    b) identify safety and infection control practices for alternative care settings. 

    Jan Elliott, BS, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC

    Infusion Therapy and Vascular Access Specialist

    Jan Elliott, BS, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC, is an infusion therapy and vascular access specialist, and the primary hospice and palliative care on-call nurse for Upstate Homecare in Central New York. Throughout her 24-year career, Jan has administered infusion therapy, developed vascular access teams, and provided education for clinicians on pain management in the home, alternative, and acute care settings. She has also worked for various US medical device companies as a clinical specialist, preceptor, and educator. In those roles, Jan helped implement conversions on new technologies, products, and services with a focus on promoting and ensuring safer, effective, and efficient delivery of patient care. Jan has been president of the Association of Vascular Access of Central New York for the past 10 years, and has hosted a teaching day symposium for all health care disciplines with discussions on best practices, innovations, and evidence-based medicine. 

    Disclosure:There is no conflict of interest for anyone with the ability to control content for this activity except Jan Elliott who is a clinical nurse educator for Genentech. Conflict resolved.

    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 12, 2021

    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 31: December 5, 2018 - Improving Health - Making an Impact Through Service on Boards

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Have you ever thought about improving the health of people by extending and sharing your nursing knowledge and expertise through service on boards? Imagine the impact you could have serving on a nonprofit or a corporate board. INS is helping place nurses on nonprofit, corporate, and government boards, panels, and commissions through the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC). NOBC’s mission is to improve the health of communities and the nation through the service of nurses on boards. Key strategies are to ensure that at least 10,000 nurses are members of boards by 2020 and to raise awareness that all boards would benefit from the unique perspectives of nurses. These strategies combined aim to improve patient outcomes as well as achieve efficient and effective health care systems at the local, state, and national levels.

    Have you ever thought about improving the health of people by extending and sharing your nursing knowledge and expertise through service on boards? Imagine the impact you could have serving on a nonprofit or a corporate board. INS is helping place nurses on nonprofit, corporate, and government boards, panels, and commissions through the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC).

    NOBC’s mission is to improve the health of communities and the nation through the service of nurses on boards. Key strategies are to ensure that at least 10,000 nurses are members of boards by 2020 and to raise awareness that all boards would benefit from the unique perspectives of nurses. These strategies combined aim to improve patient outcomes as well as achieve efficient and effective health care systems at the local, state, and national levels.

    Laurie Benson, BSN

    Executive Director of the Nurses on Boards Coalition

    Laurie Benson, BSN, is the executive director of the Nurses on Boards Coalition, whose mission is to improve health care in communities across the nation by advancing at least 10,000 nurses to serve on nonprofit, corporate, and government boards by 2020.  She is also a successful co-founder and former CEO of an $80 million technology firm. Laurie has served on 8 corporate boards in the technology, finance, insurance, engineering, manufacturing, and services industries. Additionally, she has expertise and active engagement in health care. 

    Kimberly Harper, MS, RN, FAAN

    CEO, Indiana Center for Nursing

    With nearly 40 years of health care experience, Kimberly Harper, MS, RN, FAAN is chief executive officer of the Indiana Center for Nursing, an organization that unites state-wide nursing education and practice leaders to effect change in the Indiana nursing workforce. In her CEO role she also serves as the nursing co-lead for the Indiana Action Coalition, which serves to implement the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing Report. In addition, Kimberly serves as chair of the board of directors of the national Nurses on Boards Coalition, which unites national nursing organizations toward the goal of improving the health care through the service nurses on nonprofit or corporate, boards. Kimberly demonstrates a strong commitment to bringing voice to the profession of nursing and to preparing tomorrow’s health care professionals.

    Guests: 

    • Laurie Benson, BSN - Executive Director, Nurses on Boards Coalition
    • Kimberly Harper, MS, RN, FAAN - CEO, Indiana Center for Nursing, Lead, Indiana Action Coalition Board Chair, Nurses on Boards Coalition

    Abstract:
    Have you ever thought about improving the health of people by extending and sharing your nursing knowledge and expertise through service on boards? Imagine the impact you could have serving on a nonprofit or a corporate board. INS is helping place nurses on nonprofit, corporate, and government boards, panels, and commissions through the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC).

    NOBC’s mission is to improve the health of communities and the nation through the service of nurses on boards. Key strategies are to ensure that at least 10,000 nurses are members of boards by 2020 and to raise awareness that all boards would benefit from the unique perspectives of nurses. These strategies combined aim to improve patient outcomes as well as achieve efficient and effective health care systems at the local, state, and national levels.

    Resources:

    1. Nurses on Boards Coalition at: https://www.nursesonboardscoal... 
    2. Making an Impact Through Service on Boards. INSider July/August 2018, Volume 1. Issue 4.
    3. https://insprod.personifycloud...
  • Episode 30: November 21, 2018 - The Nurse’s Impact on the Management of Influenza

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Influenza, often referred to as the flu, is a virus that affects the respiratory tract. In the United States, the flu season has begun and it will end in the spring. Easily transmitted by droplet and airborne routes, the flu has an abrupt onset and may induce various complications, especially in high-risk populations. There are several ways to reduce the risk of becoming infected with the flu, including handwashing and having a flu shot. Nurses can have a significant impact on the management of influenza, and they are instrumental in educating patients and colleagues about the ways in which they can reduce their risk.

    Influenza, often referred to as the flu, is a virus that affects the respiratory tract. In the United States, the flu season has begun and it will end in the spring. Easily transmitted by droplet and airborne routes, the flu has an abrupt onset and may induce various complications, especially in high-risk populations. There are several ways to reduce the risk of becoming infected with the flu, including handwashing and having a flu shot. Nurses can have a significant impact on the management of influenza, and they are instrumental in educating patients and colleagues about the ways in which they can reduce their risk.

    Emily Cannon, DNP, MS, BS, RN

    Indiana State University

    Emily Cannon, DNP, MS, BS, RN, is an instructor in the baccalaureate nursing program at Indiana State University since 2012, where she teaches medical-surgical nursing. From 2003 to 2012, she was a member of the nursing faculty at Ivy Technical Community College. Prior to that role, she was a medical-surgical float nurse and an infection control practitioner at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana. Emily earned an associate of science degree in nursing from Vincennes University in 1995 and went on to complete a bachelor of science degree and a master’s degree in nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University. In May 2015, she completed a doctoral program in nursing practice at Indiana State University.

    Disclosure: There is no conflict of interest for anyone with the ability to control content of the activity. No conflict of interest to report

    Guest: 
    Emily Cannon, DNP, MS, BS, RN 

    Abstract:
    Influenza, often referred to as the flu, is a virus that affects the respiratory tract. In the United States, the flu season has begun and it will end in the spring. Easily transmitted by droplet and airborne routes, the flu has an abrupt onset and may induce various complications, especially in high-risk populations. There are several ways to reduce the risk of becoming infected with the flu, including handwashing and having a flu shot. Nurses can have a significant impact on the management of influenza, and they are instrumental in educating patients and colleagues about the ways in which they can reduce their risk.

    Resources:
    1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diagnosing flu.  https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/testing.htm. Updated February 23, 2018. Accessed October 29, 2018.
    2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How flu spreads. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/spread.htm.  Updated August 27, 2018. Accessed October 29, 2018.  
    3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/high_risk.htm. Updated August 27, 2018. Accessed October 29, 2018. 
    4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Estimating seasonal influenza-associated deaths in the United States. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/us_flu-related_deaths.htm. Updated January 29, 2018. Accessed October 29, 2018, 
    5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preventive steps. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/prevention.htm. Updated September 10, 2018. Accessed October 29, 2018. 
    6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Situation update: summary of weekly fluview report. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/summary.htm. Updated October 26, 2018. Accessed October 29, 2018. 
    7. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Transcript for CDC update on flu activity. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2018/t0126-flu-update-activity.html. Updated January 26, 2018. Accessed October 29, 2018. 
    8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018, June 20). What you should know about flu antiviral drugs. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/antivirals/whatyoushould.htm. Updated June 20, 2018. Accessed October 29, 2018. 
    9. World Health Organization.  How can I avoid getting the flu? https://www.who.int/features/qa/seasonal-influenza/en/. Published January 2017. Accessed October 29, 2018. 

  • CAR T-Cells: Treatment Overview, Toxicity Management, and Administration Considerations

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/14/2018

    Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cells are cellular immunotherapies used for the treatment of some malignancies. This adoptive cell therapy represents a new paradigm in cancer treatment, one in which the patient’s own immune system, specifically T-cells, are engineered to treat his or her cancer. CAR T-cell therapy is a complex treatment associated with unique and serious toxicities, making education a necessity for both the patient and the health care provider. This presentation will provide an overview of CAR T-cell therapy, toxicity assessment and management strategies, administration considerations, and patient education needs for the health care provider.

    Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cells are cellular immunotherapies used for the treatment of some malignancies. This adoptive cell therapy represents a new paradigm in cancer treatment, one in which the patient’s own immune system, specifically T-cells, are engineered to treat his or her cancer. CAR T-cell therapy is a complex treatment associated with unique and serious toxicities, making education a necessity for both the patient and the health care provider. This presentation will provide an overview of CAR T-cell therapy, toxicity assessment and management strategies, administration considerations, and patient education needs for the health care provider.  

    Learning Outcomes: At the conclusion of this presentation, learners will be able to:
    • Describe the mechanism of action for CAR T-cells
    • Identify 3 common toxicities associated with CAR T-cells, as well as associated management strategies 
    • Verbalize administration considerations for CAR T-cell products

    Karen Anderson, MN, RN, AOCNS, BMTCN, CRNI®

    Infusion Manager

    Karen Anderson, MN, RN, AOCNS, BMTCN, CRNI®, is an infusion manager at the Banner University of Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson, Arizona. Previously, she was the clinical operations manager at the Bezos Family Immunotherapy Clinic at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, a clinic dedicated to supporting scientific advances in cellular immunotherapies and affiliated with the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington. Her professional background includes roles in inpatient and ambulatory settings as a staff nurse, research nurse, and an oncology clinical nurse specialist. Ms. Anderson is currently a PhD student in nursing at the University of Arizona. 

    Disclosure: Kite Pharma- A Gilead Company; Consultant Fee; COI resolved

    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 14, 2021

    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 29: November 7, 2018 - Inspiring Nursing Scholarship: INS’ Gardner Foundation Scholarships

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    The Infusion Nurses Society (INS) established the Gardner Foundation to provide scholarships for INS members who are dedicated to advancing the delivery of quality infusion therapy, enhancing the specialty through stringent standards of practice and professional ethics, and promoting research and education in the infusion specialty. INS awards more than $30,000 in scholarships every year and recipients are honored at INS’ Annual Meeting. In this podcast, you will have the opportunity to hear from three 2018 Gardner Foundation scholarship recipients. Learn about the application process, why you should apply, and how your nursing practice will benefit. The call for applications opens January 2019. Watch the INS website and apply!

    The Infusion Nurses Society (INS) established the Gardner Foundation to provide scholarships for INS members who are dedicated to advancing the delivery of quality infusion therapy, enhancing the specialty through stringent standards of practice and professional ethics, and promoting research and education in the infusion specialty. INS awards more than $30,000 in scholarships every year and recipients are honored at INS’ Annual Meeting.  

    In this podcast, you will have the opportunity to hear from three 2018 Gardner Foundation scholarship recipients. Learn about the application process, why you should apply, and how your nursing practice will benefit. 

    The call for applications opens January 2019. Watch the INS website and apply!   

    Guests: 
    Tamara Johnson, BSN, RN, CRNI®
    Patricia D'Angelo, RN, CRNI®
    Cynthia Sumrall, BSN, RN, CRNI®

    The Infusion Nurses Society (INS) established the Gardner Foundation to provide scholarships for INS members who are dedicated to advancing the delivery of quality infusion therapy, enhancing the specialty through stringent standards of practice and professional ethics, and promoting research and education in the infusion specialty. INS awards more than $30,000 in scholarships every year and recipients are honored at INS’ Annual Meeting.  

    In this podcast, you will have the opportunity to hear from three 2018 Gardner Foundation scholarship recipients. Learn about the application process, why you should apply, and how your nursing practice will benefit.

    The call for applications opens January 2019. Watch the INS website and apply!   

    Resource: Gardner Foundation scholarships. Infusion Nurses Society’s website.   http://www.ins1.org/GardnerFoundation/GardnerScholarships.aspx.

  • Burnout in the Workplace: Putting the Me Back in TiMe

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/03/2018

    After the session, attendees will be able to apply the techniques described in this session to daily practice and to describe techniques to prevent burnout.

    Nursing burnout is defined as physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion. Over time, it can lead to dulled emotions and disengagement from family, friends, coworkers, and patients. The National Institutes of Health has found that hospitals with a high rate of employee burnout tend to have lower patient satisfaction rates. Burnout also has been linked to increased infection rates. The combination of long shifts, stressful situations, dealing with sickness and death, and putting others first are likely causes of nursing burnout. Why does this happen and how can we fix it? This session will discuss the causes of burnout and how we can stay grounded by taking time for ourselves.

    Learning Outcomes 

    After the session, attendees will be able to apply the techniques described in this session to daily practice and to describe techniques to prevent burnout.

    ​Diane Frndak, PHD, MBA, CAPP

    Robert Morris University

    Diane C. Frndak, PHD, MBA, CAPP, is an assistant professor in the Robert Morris University's health service administration program in its School of Nursing and Health Sciences. She has worked in health care administration, with a focus on organizational excellence, patient safety, and quality. She is especially passionate about helping individuals thrive, in particular health care workers.

    Disclosure: No conflict of interest to disclose

    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 National Academy 2018 in Washington, DC 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 National Academy 2018 in Washington, DC are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.


    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: November 3, 2021

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

  • Does Age Matter? Generational Differences Among Coworkers

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/03/2018

    After the session, attendees will be able to listen and learn from peers about how they view their work environments and how they face challenges differently.

    This panel presentation by 3 nurses representing a range of generations will discuss issues that have an impact on their practices in the workplace. Issues may range from bullying, technological differences, and the experience of "novice to expert" as the nurse transitions into other practices. The presentation will cause attendees to consider where they are positioned on the continuum and what their outlook is. Attendees also will learn more about their practices and how others may observe their responses.

    Learning Outcomes 

    After the session, attendees will be able to listen and learn from peers about how they view their work environments and how they face challenges differently.

    ​Mary Bates, MS, BSN, RN

    Penn Home Infusion Therapy

    Mary Bates, MS, BSN, RN, began her career in home infusion as a staff nurse, in 1988. Since that time, she has worked for several organizations in almost every aspect of home infusion nursing, including management, marketing, education, and quality management. Nine years ago, she decided to return to direct patient care. She graduated from a hospital-based diploma program, and obtained a BSN and a master's degree in health care administration while working full time.

    Disclosure: No conflict of interest to disclose

    ​Chloe Littzen, MSN, RN, CPN, AE-C

    University of Arizona

    Chloe Littzen, MSN, RN, CPN, AE-C, is a second-year PhD student at the University of Arizona, with a major focus on systems and a minor in integrative health. Her research is centered around the effects of generational marginalization on young-adult nurses' well-being. Currently a graduate research assistant at the University of Arizona, Ms. Littzen also sits on the board of the Arizona Foundation for the Future of Nursing.

    Disclosure: No conflict of interest to disclose

    Florence Rigney, RN

    Tacoma General Hospital

    Florence, known as See See, graduated from the Tacoma General Hospital School of Nursing in 1946. Although she began her career in pediatrics when penicillin was first being used, she has worked in the operating room for most of the past 72 years. She says she tried to retire at 67, but her “retirement” lasted only 6 months. Today, at 92 years young, See See continues to work in Tacoma General’s operating room 2 days a week, because, she says, she enjoys working, having patient contact, and providing comfort to patients. As evidenced by this recent profile on NBC News, See See has been known to run circles around nurses half her age!

    Disclosure: No conflict of interest to disclose

    ​Theresa Stapleton, BSN, RN, CRNI®

    Novasyte

    Theresa P. Stapleton, BSN, RN, CRNI®, a clinical nurse educator for Novasyte, has been a nurse for 23 years. For the first 13 years of her career, she was a nurse in emergency departments in Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. For the past 10 years, she has been a member of hospital-based teams providing peripheral and peripherally inserted central catheter placements. She has also been an independent contractor. Mrs. Stapleton received her CRNI® certification in 2006. She lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.

    Disclosure: No conflict of interest to disclose

    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 National Academy 2018 in Washington, DC 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 National Academy 2018 in Washington, DC are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.


    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: November 3, 2021

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

  • To Infuse or Not to Infuse: The Importance of Blood Return

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/03/2018

    After the session, attendees will be able to list potential complications related to a lack of blood return from CVADs and discuss appropriate interventions for troubleshooting and resolution.

    The misplacement of central vascular access devices (CVADs) frequently results in the absence of blood return. At times, clinicians are encouraged to use an established CVAD without a blood return to save time and/or to lessen treatment-related stress for patients receiving intravenous (IV) fluids, chemotherapy, or parenteral nutrition, to name a few. This presentation will discuss the rationale for obtaining a blood return before the administration of IV fluids in relation to what contributing factors there may be and whether it's worth the risk.

    Learning Outcomes 

    After the session, attendees will be able to list potential complications related to a lack of blood return from CVADs and discuss appropriate interventions for troubleshooting and resolution.

    ​Denice Gibson, DNP, RN, CRNI®, BMTCN, AOCNS®

    HonorHealth

    Denice Gibson, DNP, RN, CRNI®, BMTCN, AOCNS®, is a clinical nurse specialist for HonorHealth, based in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has been a clinical nurse specialist for more than 20 years on a bone marrow transplantation, a leukemia, and an oncology service line at a community hospital. In addition to working in 3 spheres of patient care, the profession, and the community, she also works with a 5-hospital network to consultant for peripheral and central catheter care and administration. She is government affairs officer for the Arizona Nurses Association and the Oncology Nursing Society's health care policy liaison.

    Disclosure: No conflict of interest to disclose

    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 National Academy 2018 in Washington, DC 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 National Academy 2018 in Washington, DC are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.


    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: November 3, 2021

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

  • LGBTQI: Providing Care for Transgender Persons

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/03/2018

    After the session, Infusion nurses will be able to discuss general interprofessional practice guidelines in the care of LGBTQIA patients.

    Improving health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) patients starts with nurses understanding the patient's unique and distinct health care needs. With information about terminology, practice guidelines, and the most current research, infusion nurses can provide better care to LGBTQIA patients.

    Learning Outcomes 

    After the session, Infusion nurses will be able to discuss general interprofessional practice guidelines in the care of LGBTQIA patients.

    ​Melissa Harker, MSN, RN-BC

    Hackensack Meridian Health

    Melissa Harker, MSN, RN-BC, is the manager of education and training, integrative health and medicine, for 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 focused on the health care needs of LGBTQIA patients, she also serves as the corporate chairperson for the Pride and Allies Team Member Resource Group at Hackensack Meridian Health and teaches LGBTQIA sensitivity to direct care providers. She is a visiting professor at several universities and a published writer.

    Disclosure: No conflict of interest to disclose

    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 National Academy 2018 in Washington, DC 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 National Academy 2018 in Washington, DC are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.


    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: November 3, 2021

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

  • Sepsis Update: Procalcitonin—Friend or Foe?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/03/2018

    After the session, attendees will be able to discuss how the use of procalcitonin measurements in sepsis and septic shock may improve antibiotic stewardship.

    Because sepsis and septic shock are leading causes of intensive care unit admissions and both carry a high mortality rate, the timely and accurate diagnosis of sepsis is paramount in reducing morbidity and mortality. Procalcitonin (PCT) can be used to detect sepsis earlier in hospitalized patients and guide antibiotic therapy. This presentation will provide updates on the most current sepsis guidelines and describe the use of PCT in diagnosing sepsis and improving antibiotic stewardship by allowing earlier deescalation of antibiotic therapy. At the conclusion of the presentation, attendees will be able to describe the pathophysiology of sepsis and PCT and describe the advantages of using PCT levels in patients with sepsis and septic shock.

    Learning Outcomes 

    After the session, attendees will be able to discuss how the use of procalcitonin measurements in sepsis and septic shock may improve antibiotic stewardship.

    Patrick Laird, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC

    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Cizik School of Nursing

    Patrick A. Laird, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, is an assistant professor and the director of the adult/gerontology acute care nurse practitioner program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston's Cizik School of Nursing. He has been certified as an adult acute care nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center since 2005. In addition to teaching, he continues to work as a nurse practitioner in pulmonary/critical care.

    Disclosure: No conflict of interest to disclose

    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 National Academy 2018 in Washington, DC 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 National Academy 2018 in Washington, DC are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.


    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: November 3, 2021

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