Conference Learning sessions are recorded at INS meetings. CRNI® units earned from this category can be used to fulfill the requirement of attending an INS national meeting. 

Conference Learning

  • 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.

  • Reviewing Performance Across Line Types: PICCs, Midlines and SPCs

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

    After the session, attendees will: ? Demonstrate how CDC?s Laboratory Confirmed Bloodstream Infection definition can be applied beyond just CLABSI surveillance ? Discuss the importance of including facility-specific device performance when making insertion decisions. ? Describe three different methods of capturing data to provide robust outcome data specific to the devices used within a facility.

    Vascular access teams use a variety of vascular access devices (VADs) and are accountable in making the best decision for each patient's needs. Understanding the current guidelines and recommendations, as well as underlying patient considerations are key elements to this analysis. Equally important, is understanding specific VAD performance within your own organization. This presentation will discuss how to develop data collection on all VADs placed with a specific focus on PICCs, midlines, and SPCs, as well as analysis of correlating CLABSI rates.

    Learning Outcomes: After the session, attendees will: 
    1. Demonstrate how CDC?s Laboratory Confirmed Bloodstream Infection definition can be applied beyond just CLABSI surveillance
    2. Discuss the importance of including facility-specific device performance when making insertion decisions
    3. Describe three different methods of capturing data to provide robust outcome data specific to the devices used within a facility


    ​Michelle DeVries, BS, MPH, CIC, VA-BC

    Senior Infection Control Officer, Methodist Hospitals

    Michelle DeVries, BS, MPH, CIC, VA-BC, has been involved in Infection Prevention for 25 years. With a background in Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology, her focus is at the intersection of vascular access, patient safety and infection prevention. Michelle serves on her local, as well as the National AVA boards and she is a former director with the Vascular Access Certification Board. Michelle is also an adjunct research fellow with AVATAR -- the Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research. 

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.