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

  • Aseptic Non-Touch Technique (ANTT®): Reducing Health Care-Acquired Infections through Standardization

    Contains 2 Component(s), 1.60 credits offered Recorded On: 05/21/2018

    Health care workers are the primary vectors of infection during invasive clinical procedures and maintenance of invasive medical systems. Health care organizations can reduce this clinical risk and subsequent infection rates significantly by implementing aseptic nontouch technique, a standard approach to aseptic technique.

  • The Trifecta of Collaboration: Skin Integrity, Infection Prevention, and Vascular Access

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/21/2018

    After the session, attendees will be able to name two techniques that enhance the care of central vascular access devices and compare and contrast three professional viewpoints on catheter care.

  • Creative Strategies to Competency

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/21/2018

    How do you evaluate clinical competency? Annual competency evaluation methods for nurses and leveraging technology to ensure competency will be explored.

  • Evidence-based Central Vascular Access Management: A Call to Action!

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/21/2018

    Central vascular access devices (CVADs) can be in place from hours to weeks and even long after. This session will discuss the requirement for evidence-based, postinsertion vascular access management to reduce clinical and economic risks from hospital to home.

  • Central Vascular Access Devices: Case Studies of Complications

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/21/2018

    Complications related to central vascular access devices (CVADs) during insertion, management, and removal may result in increased patient morbidity and/or mortality, as well as higher health care costs. This session will discuss CVAD-associated bloodstream and local infections, dislodgment, occlusion, thrombosis, breakage, and migration.

  • The National Opioid Crisis

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/08/2017

    After the session, attendees will be able to evaluate when a patient has ­become addicted to opioids and develop a care plan for patients who present with an opioid ­addiction to include ­psychosocial issues and pain management control.

  • Truth and Consequences of Intravenous Drug Addiction

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/08/2017

    After the session, attendees will recognize comorbidities associated with ­intravenous drug abuse and interventions to mitigate the impact in health care.

  • Qualification or Certification?

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/08/2017

    After the session, attendees will be able to identify the difference between ­qualification and certification and the value of each.

  • CDC Guidelines and Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice: Defining the Difference

    Contains 2 Component(s), 1.60 credits offered Recorded On: 05/07/2017

    After the session, attendees will be able to apply the 2016 Infusion Therapy ­Standards of Practice and the 2011 CDC BSI guidelines, and analyze the differences between the two.

  • Blood Components and Indications for Use

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/17/2016

    The vital components of whole blood are efficiently separated and prepared for administration based on patient need. Understanding the indications for use of each component is one part of AABBs Patient Blood Management program. This session will discuss four major blood components and the indications for use of each.

  • Implanted Ports: Infection Risks and Treatment

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/17/2016

    At the conclusion of this presentation, the participant will be able to: 1. Describe signs and symptoms of a port-pocket infections versus bloodstream infections. 2. Identify factors that are considered in the removal or continued use of an implanted port when an infection has been diagnosed.

  • The Role of Immunoglobulin in the Treatment of Immune-Mediated Peripheral Neuropathies

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/17/2016

    Immune-mediated peripheral neuropathies are thought to be the result of an aberrant response of the immune system to motor and sensory peripheral nerves. Patients experience weakness, pain, paresthesia of the limbs, or paralysis. This session will explore the various forms of the disorder, and the role of intravenous immunoglobulin in managing immune-mediated peripheral neuropathies.

  • Mentoring the New Infusion Therapy Nurse

    Contains 2 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/17/2016

    Insertion and care of vascular access devices are some of the most frequently performed tasks of bedside nurses. Unfortunately, infusion therapy and the skills involved are given little attention in the undergraduate nursing curriculum. This session presents teaching strategies to mentor nurses new to infusion therapy.

  • Achieving Work-Life Balance

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/07/2014

    Studies have shown that an imbalance between personal lives and work can affect job satisfaction and productivity. The resulting stress places personal health and welfare at risk, which in turn can hinder job performance. This session will discuss how an individual’s expectations can affect this balance, and explore steps that can be implemented to obtain and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

  • Understanding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Healthcare Safety Network Criteria

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/23/2013

    Many facilities are reporting hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). The NHSN criteria provide a standard language for infection surveillance, which allows benchmarking of data. This presentation will explain the criteria used for reporting, their purpose, and how to use the information to improve the care and outcomes of the infusion-therapy patient.

  • Identification of Risks for Pediatric Thromboembolism

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/22/2013

    The use of central venous catheters is reportedly the most common cause of thromboembolism in pediatric patients, with up to 90% of neonate cases and more than 50% of all other pediatric cases attributed to their use. Early recognition of thromboembolism in children requires identifying the potential risk factors that lead to its occurrence. Nurses can play an integral role in the prevention of thromboembolism through risk assessment prior to central venous access device placement and vigilant monitoring and early treatment to mitigate mortality and even morbidity for these occurrences.

  • Using the Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program (CUSP) to Reduce Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/22/2013

    Over 250,000 central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) are reported by health care organizations each year. CUSP is a structured, strategic framework for safety improvement that integrates communication, teamwork, and leadership to create and support a culture of patient safety that can prevent CLABSI and other harms. This session will discuss CUSP features, including measuring and tracking outcomes, evidence-based safety practices, and staff training tools.

  • Navigating the Purchasing Process While Maintaining Cost and Improving Outcomes

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/22/2013

    Understanding the value analysis process may contribute to the infusion nurse's credibility as clinically preferred products are presented in business terms that will resonate with your organization in these economically challenging times. Key steps are needed when constructing a business case. Analyzing product performance, product waste, education time, and adverse patient outcomes may strengthen the business case presented. This session will examine the steps needed to present a cogent case for your cause.

  • Managing Three Common Complications of Chemotherapy: Febrile Neutropenia, Nephrotoxicity, Enterotoxicity

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/21/2013

    For cancer patients, chemotherapy-associated complications can be life threatening. Risks for complications are often compounded when the chemotherapeutic regimen requires drugs to be administered in combination. Management of the most serious complications of chemotherapy—febrile neutropenia and chemotherapy-related nephrotoxicity and enterotoxicity—requires that nurses be skilled in assessment and the administration of interventions that will reduce morbidity and mortality. This presentation will review febrile neutropenia, chemotherapy-related nephrotoxicity, enterotoxicity, and the associated interventions.

  • Parenteral Nutrition Risks and Alternatives

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/21/2013

    Parenteral nutrition (PN) provides life-saving nutritional support for complex patients in settings such as trauma, large abdominal surgery, oncology, and hyperemesis. Despite the benefits, PN carries significant risks for fluid and electrolyte imbalances, liver disease, and development of central line bloodstream infection (CLABSI). Because of these risks, efforts are under way to establish guidelines to optimize the use of PN and nutritional alternatives that promote positive patient outcomes. This presentation will review proper use of PN, risks of PN in the complex patient, and alternatives that can be used to optimize patient nutritional status and promote positive outcomes.

  • RESEARCH TRACK: Disseminating Research: How Can I Create an Effective Poster Presentation?

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/21/2013

    Dissemination of research findings is a crucial element in the research process. Once the study data has been analyzed, how do you share the results of your study? Posters are an acceptable and popular presentation format at many nursing conferences. However, if a reader is not attracted to your poster in less than five seconds they will walk away. Your goal should be to get other nurses to stop and start a conversation. To accomplish this goal your poster needs to be attractive, yet informative. This presentation will focus in the key elements and concepts that should be included in every research poster.

  • Infusion Nursing's Role in the Journey to Magnet Recognition

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/21/2013

    In today's health care environment, every organization is striving for nursing excellence and working to exemplify value-added care, high-quality outcomes, and professionalism. Infusion nurses are absolutely essential in building a professional practice environment that provides high-quality care and quality outcomes. This presentation will focus on how infusion nurses can apply the Magnet Recognition Standards to create and sustain an organization's culture of excellence.

  • Investigating Outbreaks

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/21/2013

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an outbreak is the occurrence of more cases of disease than normally expected in a specific group of people or a certain place over a given period of time. Clinicians investigate outbreaks to control and prevent the spread of disease and infection. Investigation of outbreaks is important when the infection in question has high rates of transmission. This session will discuss types of outbreaks and the methods used to investigate, control, and prevent the spread of disease and infection.

  • Maintaining Pediatric Vascular Access Devices

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/20/2013

    Treatment methods for acutely ill children now include regimens that require frequent infusions. Central vascular access devices (CVADs) have become an important tool in the medical management of children. It is important for patients and their care providers to have an understanding of the intensity of maintenance required and potential complications. This presentation will cover the care and maintenance of CVADs in children.

  • Infusion Safety in the Magnetic Resonance Suite

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/20/2013

    Infusion Safety in the Magnetic Resonance Suite

  • Understanding Vasoactive Medications and Effective Titration

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/20/2013

    Administration and titration of vasoactive medications require careful monitoring of the patient's hemodynamic status against the intended goals for therapy. Nurses must recognize the indications for vasoactive therapy and understand specific vasopressor action on the alpha-1, beta-1, beta-2, and dopamine receptors. This session will review vasoactive medications and the action of each, administration including titration, and the role of the infusion nurse.

  • Mycobacterium Waterborne Infections and Central Vascular Access Devices

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/19/2013

    Mycobacteria organisms live in water and food sources. Colonization can occur without the host showing any manifestations and is difficult to treat due to a natural resistance to many antibiotics. Mycobacterium infections occur in central vascular access devices (CVADs), particularly in the immunosuppressed patient population. This presentation will give an overview of mycobacterium infections specific to CVADs, the treatment, prevention, and the role of the infusion nurse.

  • Bioterrorism

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/19/2013

    Numerous laws and policies at the federal and state levels significantly impact health care providers' roles and responsibilities in responding to bioterrorism and other emergencies Bioterrorism can dramatically change the role of infusion nurses pursuant to a declared state of emergency, including potentially expanding their legally permissible scope of practice, altering the applicable standard of care, and providing legal protections for volunteer health professionals. This session will discuss legal, policy, and ethical perspectives in declared emergencies, with a focus on their impact and application to infusion nurses and facilities.

  • Determining Protein Status by the Numbers

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/19/2013

    Morbidity and mortality are associated with malnutrition. Parenteral nutrition (PN) is instituted to prevent or correct malnutrition. The laboratory indicators to assess malnutrition are altered by many factors such as inflammation. Identifying these factor markers and using additional methods to assess malnutrition provide an accurate assessment of a patient's protein status. This session will provide the infusion nurse with a comprehensive method to assess malnutrition in the PN patient.

  • Infection Rates in Hemodialysis Vascular Access Devices

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/19/2013

    Hemodialysis (HD) patients are at great risk for infection because of hemodialysis procedures and comorbidities. Frequently, episodes of bacteremia are associated with vascular access devices (VADs) in the hemodialysis population. Hemodialysis VADs include arteriovenous fistula (AVF), arteriovenous graft (AVG), or a CVAD placed for dialysis. This presentation will explain the different VADs used in hemodialysis and their respective infection rates. The role of the infusion nurse in decreasing infection rates will be described.

  • The Evolving Practice of Infusion Nurses Placing Central Vascular Access Devices

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/19/2013

    Nurses have successfully placed peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) for more than 30 years. Central vascular access device (CVAD) placement by nurses is increasing in prevalence for reasons including a physician shortage, changes in reimbursement, sepsis protocols, and a history of successful nurse-placed peripherally inserted access devices. This presentation will discuss current practice, educational programs, maintenance of competencies, state-specific scopes of practice, and outcomes evaluation.

  • Emerging Uses of Adoptive Immunotherapy

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/18/2013

    The immune system is a complicated network of cells, organs, and tissues that protects the body from invading pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi. Advances in understanding immune system response have led to the development of passive and active means of triggering the immune system to combat cancer. This presentation will discuss the role of the immune system as a means to treat, and possibly prevent, malignancies through the use of emerging adoptive immunotherapy.

  • Early Recognition and Treatment of Infant Sepsis

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/18/2013

    Severe infections are a substantial source of infant mortality worldwide. The vulnerabilities inherent to the infant have increased focus on the progression toward and treatment of sepsis. Typically divided into early and late onset, infant sepsis is significantly different than sepsis in other populations, requiring infant-specific preventative measures, rapid recognition, transition of care to a qualified facility, and targeted treatment. This session will review risk factors and early recognition of the development of sepsis in the infant and infusion-related nursing care of this population.

  • Understanding the Immune System Response to Biologic Therapies

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/18/2013

    The immune system is composed of organs, tissues, cells, and cell products that defend the body from pathogens and other foreign substances. Biologic therapy, also referred to as immunotherapy or biotherapy, uses the response of the immune system to treat cancer and autoimmune disease. This presentation will discuss the components of the immune system and provide in-depth information on how the immune system is used in biologic therapy. The specific mechanisms of action, as well as indications for use of various biologic therapies, will be explained.

  • Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy: A Delicate Balance

    Contains 3 Component(s), 0.80 credits offered Recorded On: 05/18/2013

    Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) is becoming the leading form of renal replacement therapy for acute kidney injury. CRRT establishes equilibrium through gradual, continuous alterations in fluid, solute, electrolyte, and acid-base balance, and CRRT is flexible, especially for the unstable patient's changing clinical condition. However, the use of CRRT continues to be controversial, with substantial practice variations, primarily due to the complex clinical situations in which CRRT is considered. This session will cover the process of CRRT, the physiological risks and benefits, and the nursing care associated with this therapy.