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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

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

    Senior Infection Control Officer

    Methodist Hospitals

    Michelle DeVries has been involved in infection prevention and hospital epidemiology for over 25 years, with a career spanning community, university, and federal health care systems. With a background in hospital and molecular epidemiology, her focus has been at the intersection of vascular access, patient safety, and infection prevention. She was a reviewer for the 2016 and 2021 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice, wrote the chapter “Prevention of Intravascular Device-Associated Infections” for the International Federation of Infection Control’s Basic Concepts of Infection Control textbook, contributed two chapters to the Vessel Health and Preservation textbook, and has peer-reviewed for numerous publications. She is a former director with Vascular Access Certification Corporation Board, is currently on her local as well as national AVA Board, and is an adjunct research fellow with AVATAR.

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.