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. 

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  • Contains 3 Component(s)

    Intravenous (IV) iron is increasingly used for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia. Infusion nurses play a vital role in the assessment and delivery of IV iron therapy to patients with iron deficiency anemia and are uniquely positioned to help identify and manage these patients. Join our panel of top experts for an interactive, CME-certified symposium providing up-to-date information on the fundamentals of IV iron therapy, including the benefits and risks associated with IV iron therapy, the safety of currently available IV iron formulations, as well as strategies for the effective management of reactions experienced with IV iron

    Intravenous (IV) iron is increasingly used for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia. Infusion nurses play a vital role in the assessment and delivery of IV iron therapy to patients with iron deficiency anemia and are uniquely positioned to help identify and manage these patients. Join our panel of top experts for an interactive, CME-certified symposium providing up-to-date information on the fundamentals of IV iron therapy, including the benefits and risks associated with IV iron therapy, the safety of currently available IV iron formulations, as well as strategies for the effective management of reactions experienced with IV iron

    Huzefa Bahrain, DO, FACP

    Medstar Franklin Square Hospital Center

    Inez Nichols, DNP, FNP-BC, CRNI, VA-BC

    Nurse Practitioner Consultant

    Institute of Nursing Excellence/IV Company

    Kaitey Morgan, RN, BSN, CRNI

    Chief Clinical Officer

    National Infusion Center Association

    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 2021 in Las Vegas, NV are not eligible to receive CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

  • 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

    Chelle DeVries

    Chellie DeVries has been involved in infection prevention and hospital epidemiology for more than 25 years, spanning community, university and federal health care facilities. She is particularly passionate about raising awareness around peripheral vascular access devices and devotes her time to education on this topic throughout the United States and internationally. She was a reviewer for the 2016 and 2021 INS Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice, is serving on the 2024 Standards of Practice Committee, and has authored several textbook chapters as well as numerous peer-reviewed journal articles. She is an adjunct research fellow with AVATAR and serves as the secretary for the Association for Vascular Access (AVA).

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.