INS Infusion Room podcasts are on-demand audio recordings of infusion-related topics. They are available on the INS LEARNING CENTER and other sites where podcasts are aired.

Podcasts

  • Episode 73: March 26, 2021 - The Dirty Dozen: Contaminated Things

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    Listen as Maureen Burger and Dawn discuss the “Dirty Dozen,” or potential contamination events in infusion therapy.


    Listen as Maureen Burger and Dawn discuss the “Dirty Dozen,” or potential contamination events in infusion therapy.


    ​Maureen Burger MSN, RN, CPHQ, FACHE

    Chief Nursing Officer, Visante Inc.

    Visante Inc.

    Maureen Burger MSN, RN, CPHQ, FACHE, is the Chief Nursing Officer for Visante Inc., a medication management consulting firm. She has a long career in positions of progressive responsibility, both in nursing and hospital administration. Most recently, Maureen has served as Vice President of Quality, Safety, Risk, Accreditation, and Infection Control for Indiana University Health. As a consultant, she is thrilled to be able to focus her research, writing, and consulting on medication safety, especially when it involves IV push medications and drug diversion in healthcare. Ms. Burger obtained a master’s degree in Critical Care Nursing from Case Western Reserve University. She is certified in Healthcare Quality and is recognized as a Fellow by the American College of Healthcare Executives. When she is not advocating for patients and safety, Maureen, and her husband breed and race thoroughbred horses. Maureen lives in Indianapolis, IN. 

    Host: Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI® – INS Clinical Education & Publications Manager

    Guest: Maureen Burger MSN, RN, CPHQ, FACHE

    Abstract:

    Infection prevention in infusion therapy is crucial for safeguarding patient safety. Application of Aseptic Non Touch Technique (ANTT®) is essential for all infusion-related procedures. Listen as Maureen Burger and Dawn Berndt discuss 12 potential breaches in aseptic technique and describe the actions that knowledgeable clinicians will take to keep their patients safe. 

    Resources:

    1. Gorski LA, Hadaway L, Hagle ME, et al. Infusion therapy standards of practice. J Infus Nurs. 2021;44(suppl 1):S1-S224. doi:10.1097/NAN.0000000000000396
    2. National Coalition for IV Push Safety: National Coalition for IV Push Safety (ncivps.org)

  • Episode 72: March 3, 2021 - Vascular Access Device Complications

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    Clinical expert Barb Nickel talks about the role of the nurse in preventing vascular access device complications through monitoring, assessment and timely intervention.  

    Clinical expert Barb Nickel talks about the role of the nurse in preventing vascular access device complications through monitoring, assessment and timely intervention.  

    Barb Nickel, APRN-CNS, CCRN, CRNI®

    Clinical Nurse Specialist

    CHI Health St. Francis, Grand Island NE; CHI Health Center for Clinical Practice, Omaha, NE

    Ms Nickel is a clinical nurse specialist responsible for staff development, competency assessment, and process improvement to improve outcomes in multiple areas of clinical practice, including critical care, infusion therapy, sepsis, and new graduate transition to practice. She served as member, lead nurse planner, and chair of the INS National Council on Education from 2010-2016, developing the curriculum each year for the two annual INS conferences. She was named INS Member of the Year in 2016. Ms Nickel has presented regionally and nationally on infusion-related topics and has authored several publications on infusion therapy in the critical care setting. She also serves as faculty in the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, BSN program.

    Host: Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI® – INS Clinical Education & Publications Manager

    Guest: Barb Nickel, APRN-CNS, CCRN, CRNI®

    Abstract: Nurses must be competent to recognize signs and symptoms of vascular access device (VAD)-related complications at any juncture in the life of the device and be prepared to intervene during insertion, management, and removal. All vascular access devices are subject to complications that may cause patient harm, impair patients’ quality of life, or increase morbidity and mortality. Listen as Barb Nickel explains several VAD complications and discusses the role of the nurse in assessment and intervention. 

    Resources:

    • Gorski LA, Hadaway L, Hagle ME, et al. Infusion therapy standards of practice. J Infus Nurs. 2021;44(suppl 1):S1-S224. doi:10.1097/NAN.0000000000000396
    • Ray-Barruel G, Xu H, Marsh N, Cooke M, Rickard CM. Effectiveness of insertion and maintenance bundles in preventing peripheral intravenous catheter-related complications and bloodstream infection in hospital patients: a systematic review. Infect Dis Health. 2019;24(3):152-168. doi:10.1016/j.idh.2019.03.001
    • Helm RE, Klausner JD, Klemperer JD, Flint LM, Huang E. Accepted but unacceptable: peripheral iv catheter failure. J Infus Nurs. 2015;38(3):189-203. doi:10.1097/NAN.0000000000000100
    • Nickel B. Hiding in plain sight: the burden of peripheral intravenous catheter infections. Crit Care Nurse. 2020;40(5):57-66. doi:10.4037/ccn2020439
    • Nickel B. Peripheral intravenous administration of high-risk infusions in critical care: a risk-benefit analysis. Crit Care Nurse. 2019;39(6):16-28. doi:10.4037/ccn2019443
    • Berndt, D. & Steinheiser, M. (2019b). Central vascular access device complications: The nurse's role at each point of care. American Nurse Today,14(10), 6-13. www.myamericannurse.com Berndt, D. & Steinheiser, M. (2019a). Short peripheral and midline catheter complications: The nurse's role at each point of care. American Nurse Today,14(9), 5-10. www.myamericannurse.com

  • Episode 71: December 23, 2020 - Employee Engagement for Remote Workers

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    Working remotely can cause feelings of isolation and may lead to employee disengagement. Listen as Ashley Smith, who manages home care nurses, describes the importance of employee engagement, especially for those who work remotely.

    Working remotely can cause feelings of isolation and may lead to employee disengagement. Listen as Ashley Smith, who manages home care nurses, describes the importance of employee engagement, especially for those who work remotely.

    Ashley Smith, MSN, RN, CRNI®

    Specialty Accreditation Manager & Infusion Nursing Administrator

    Paragon Healthcare

    Ashley Smith, MSN, RN, CRNI®, is the Specialty Accreditation Manager and Infusion Nursing Administrator at Paragon Healthcare. Mrs. Smith has spent many years caring for pediatric and adult patients who require specialty medication, with a focus in bleeding disorders. Prior to finding her place in home infusion, she worked in emergency medicine, cardiology, and general medicine. Mrs. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville State University and an MSN in Nursing Education from the University of North Alabama.

    Host: Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI® – INS Clinical Education & Publications Manager

    Guest:

    ·      Ashley Smith, RN, MSN, CRNI®

    Engaged employees are those who feel involved in the organization – those who are committed to their work, colleagues and workplace. When an employee feels isolated or out of the loop, it leads to disengagement.

    From a business standpoint, disengagement can negatively impact productivity, morale, and ultimately, business. A recent study showed that disengaged employees can cost the US economy up to $605 billion in lost productivity by being late to work, missing shifts, and disrupting others with negativity.

    Listen as Ashley Smith, who manages home care nurses, describes the importance of employee engagement, especially for those who work remotely.

    Resources:

    Remote workers care about employee engagement too | Slack

    4 ways effective leadership inspires employee engagement | Slack

    24 Unique Virtual Employee Engagement Ideas & Activities (teambuilding.com)

  • Episode 70: December 7, 2020 - Your CRNI® 2020 Recertification Solution

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    If your CRNI® recertification is due by January 1, 2021, INS has the solution for you! Also, we discuss the revised Standards and the upcoming Standards Symposium, as well as the new Policies and Procedures for Infusion Therapy! 

    If your CRNI® recertification is due by January 1, 2021, INS has the solution for you! Also, we discuss the revised Standards and the upcoming Standards Symposium, as well as the new Policies and Procedures for Infusion Therapy! 

    Chris Hunt

    Executive Vice President, INS

    As INS’ executive vice president, Chris Hunt works with the executive team to develop strategies for new business development and organizational growth. Chris began his career at INS in 1995 and has held the positions of meetings manager, director of meetings, and director of marketing, before assuming his current position as executive vice president. 

    Valerie Sanchez

    Certification Administrator, INCC

    Valerie is responsible for administering all tasks associated with the maintenance of the CRNI® certification program and the growth of Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation. With the rest of the team, she creates and implements innovative and engaging certification initiatives. With over a decade of experience in marketing, sales and advertising, Valerie brings a unique approach toward management and administration.  Valerie is happy to answer any questions regarding the CRNI® exam, CRNI® Academy, and the recertification process in general.

    Host: Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI® – INS Clinical Education & Publications Manager

    Guests:

    ·      Chris Hunt, MBA, INS Executive Vice President

    ·       Valerie Sanchez, INCC Certification Administrator

    INCC wants to help you obtain the RUs that you will need for recertification, as we know that maintaining your CRNI® credential is instrumental for your infusion therapy practice. You are busy working on the front lines of a pandemic, but feeling confident, supported and equipped as a practicing CRNI®, is important to you. Assuming you are missing a significant number of RUs, or all 40, you are encouraged to look in the INS LEARNING CENTER for INS 2020 Virtual Conference Recordings Package.

    ·      This activity conveniently gives you access to every session from INS 2020, in one place.

    ·      As an INS member you can get access at a discounted rate of $695.

    ·      Watch your favorite 20 sessions on-demand and get the 40 RUs needed for recertification. It’s that easy!

    Resources:

    ·      INS 2020 Virtual Conference Recordings Package – https://www.learningcenter.ins1.org/products/ins-2020-virtual-conference-recordings-package#tab-product_tab_overview

    ·      INS 2020 Virtual Conference Sessions - INS Learning Center: INS 2020 Virtual Conference Recordings Package (ins1.org)

    ·      CRNI® Recertification Basics - Recertification - INS (ins1.org)

    ·      Recertification Options - Recertification RU Options - INS (ins1.org)

  • Episode 69: November 11, 2020 - Innovation in Infusion Nursing: INS Innovation Award Winner Ellen Marrs

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    “Innovative leadership has had a significant impact on the standard of care in IV therapy across all Northside Hospital campuses. With established practices, education and training in place, the IV Therapy Team is central to improving infusion-related care.”  

    “Innovative leadership has had a significant impact on the standard of care in IV therapy across all Northside Hospital campuses. With established practices, education and training in place, the IV Therapy Team is central to improving infusion-related care.”  

    ​Ellen Marrs CRNI®, VA-BC

    Ellen Marrs CRNI®, VA-BC, earned her associate degree and diploma at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. She worked two years at Jackson, the Miami county hospital, on a neuro-surgical floor. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she worked for eight years at Shepherd Spinal Center. At Shepherd, she was in charge of a small intermediate care unit.

    Ellen began working at Northside Hospital in 1990. She worked as a staff nurse and then became a PICC Specialist and the IV Therapy Clinician. Ellen then became a Service Coordinator, which is her current role. As IV Therapy Service Coordinator, she has been given the opportunity to steer her practice and do her best to maintain a standard of excellence. This has been a privilege and a challenge unlike any other. Patient care is first, and this is the shared value at Northside Hospital.

    Host: Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI® – INS Clinical Education & Publications Manager

    Guests:

    ·      Ellen Marrs RN, CRNI®, VA-BC

    ·      Lori M Brown BSN, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC

     Join a conversation with CRNIs®, Ellen Marrs and Lori Brown from Northside Hospital, in Atlanta, GA. Ellen is the INS Innovation Award winner for 2020, having been nominated by Lori Brown. Listen as Ellen and Lori describe how innovation, clinical expertise, and strong organizational support have helped to successfully manage infusion-related patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Resources:

    ·       The Infusion Excellence Award program recognizes leadership, education, research, innovation, and certification as categories most reflective of today’s infusion nurse and the infusion specialty. Nominate an infusion nurse today: www.ins1.org/membership/awards-and-recognition/

     

    ·       Interested in CRNI Certification? Get information here: https://www.ins1.org/crni-certification/

     

    ·       INS 2020 Virtual Conference – On Demand. Get information here: https://www.learningcenter.ins1.org/products/ins-2020-virtual-conference-recordings-package#tab-product_tab_sessions

     

  • Episode 68: August 19, 2020 - Looking ahead to INS 2020 Virtual!

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    Join us, as we highlight the many things to look forward to at INS 2020 Virtual!

    Join us, as we highlight the many things to look forward to at INS 2020 Virtual!

    Sean Reed, PhD, APN, ACNS-BC, ACHPN

    Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health, Hospice and Palliative Care

    Sean M. Reed, PhD, APN, ACNS-BC, ACHPN, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health, Hospice and Palliative Care. He has over 15 years of experience in acute, post-acute, ambulatory, systems, and academic settings. Dr. Reed is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, College of Nursing, where he teaches and researches delivery and access to palliative care. He is the President of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

    Sarah Knudsvig, RN

    Registered Nurse Clinical Staff Educator, UW Health in Madison, WI

    Sarah Knudsvig, RN, MSN, is a Registered Nurse Clinical Staff Educator at UW Health in Madison, WI. She is an organizational resource for vascular access care, maintenance, and insertion for clinical staff across 135 ambulatory sites. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota and a Master of Science in Nursing from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.

    ​Judy S. Smith, MSN, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC

    Clinical Manager of Vascular Access, Ascension Seton

    Judy S. Smith, MSN, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC, has been a vascular access nurse for 20 years. She is currently Clinical Manager of Vascular Access at Ascension Seton in Austin, Texas. Judy has published studies on nurse behavioral intention, related to best practice techniques for needleless connector disinfection, as well time required for disinfection of needleless connectors. She has been a speaker at several local and national conferences and served as keynote speaker at Intravenous Nursing New Zealand in 2012. 

    Linda Grinnell Merrick, NP-C

    Rheumatology NP, University of Rochester Medical Center

    Linda Grinnell-Merrick, MS, NP-C, is a Rheumatology NP at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. Prior to this, she worked in Solid Organ Transplant for 15 years as NP. She is a past president of the Rheumatology Nurses Society. Linda has written many articles for the RNP (Rheumatology Nurse Practice) Newsletter and is the Editor of Healio Rheumatology. She has spoken at RNS annual conference and the NYU Annual Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis conference, as well as other conferences on rheumatology.

    Denise Harper, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CRNI®

    CNS, Vidant Medical Center

    Denise Harper, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CRNI®, has been the Infusion Clinical Nurse Specialist at Vidant Medical Center since 2010. She has over 30 years of experience, including home infusion and various roles in acute care. Denise is a former member of the INS NCOE and was selected into The Great 100 Nurses in NC for 2015. She has published several articles locally and nationally and has delivered podium presentations throughout the country.

    Ann Plohal, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CRNI®, VA-BC

    Vascular Access Team

    St. Joseph Hospital Medical Center

    Dr. Ann Plohal received her PhD in 2015. She wrote her dissertation on the patient perception of short peripheral catheter insertion for patients with difficult access. Ann is past president of the Infusion Nurses Society. She has published multiple articles regarding infusion therapy and is an active infusion and vascular access nurse.

    Julie DeLisle, BSN, MSN, RN

    Transfusion Safety & Blood Management Officer, Versiti Blood Center of WI

    Julie DeLisle, BSN, MSN, RN, is a Transfusion Safety and Blood Management Officer at Versiti Blood Center of WI. She received her Bachelor of Nursing at University of WI Oshkosh and Master of Nursing Education at Cardinal Stritch University. Julie started her career in Oncology. She has published several articles and authored chapters in books. She currently works to ensure that healthcare providers and patients are educated on evidence-based transfusion practice.

    Marlene Steinheiser, PhD, RN, CRNI®

    Director of Clinical Education, INS

    Marlene Steinheiser, PhD, RN, CRNI®, is the Director of Clinical Education for INS. In her role, she directs the development of educational programs and resources for INS and develops strategic alliances with other organizations. She earned her PhD in nursing at the University of Arizona, conducting research focusing on compassion fatigue among healthcare professionals. A nurse for more than 32 years, Dr. Steinheiser has had experience in acute care, home infusion, long-term care, regulatory organizations, and academic nursing.

    Meghan Trupiano, CMP

    Meetings Manager, INS

    As INS’ meetings manager, Meghan Trupiano, CMP, manages all activities related to INS’ national meetings. She is responsible for exhibit space sales, advertising, and sponsorship sales, as well as attendee marketing.

    Host: Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI® – INS Clinical Education & Publications Manager

    Guests:

    ·      Sean M Reed, PhD, APN, ACNS-BC, ACHPN

    ·      Sarah Knudsvig, RN

    ·      Judy Smith, MSN, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC

    ·      Linda Grinnell Merrick, MS, NP-C

    ·      Denise Harper, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CRNI®

    ·      Ann Plohal, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CRNI®, VA-BC

    ·      Julie DeLisle, BSN, MSN, RN

    ·      Marlene Steinheiser, PhD, RN, CRNI®

    ·      Meghan Trupiano, CMP

    Join us, as we highlight the many things to look forward to at INS 2020 Virtual! We will chat with Meaghan Trupiano, CMP, INS Meetings Manager, who will tell us what we need to know about this unique and engaging event. INS Director of Clinical Education, Marlene Steinheiser, PhD, RN, CRNI®, will get us ready for a fun and poignant presentation by the founder of our profession, Florence Nightingale, who will be channeled by Candy Campbell, DNP, RN, CNL, CEP, FNAP. We will also talk with several of our featured speakers, who will preview their upcoming sessions.

    Resources:

    Infusion Nurses Society: www.ins1.org

    INS 2020 Conference Agenda: https://fontevacustomer-1614e2ff498.force.com/s/lt-event?site=a0d3m00000INxmkAAD&id=a1U3m00000NTdgt#/Agenda

     

    Register for INS 2020: https://fontevacustomer-1614e2ff498.force.com/s/lt-event?site=a0d3m00000INxmkAAD&id=a1U3m00000NTdgt#/loginReg

     

    INS 2020 Speakers: https://fontevacustomer-1614e2ff498.force.com/s/lt-event?site=a0d3m00000INxmkAAD&id=a1U3m00000NTdgt#/Speakers

  • Episode 67: August 5, 2020 - Vascular Access Team: Managing Challenges Associated with COVID-19

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    Vascular access team members discuss challenges during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

    Vascular access team members discuss challenges during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

    Elizabeth Morrell, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

    Scripps Mercy Hospital

    Elizabeth Morrell, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, is senior director of patient care at Scripps Mercy Hospitals where she has dual campus leadership responsibility for venous access nurses, advanced practice nurses and interventional radiology, along with cardiac and endoscopy services. Elizabeth also currently serves as the COVID-19 operations chief for the San Diego campus in Hillcrest. 

    Patti Ryan, MSN, RN

    Scripps Mercy Hospital

    Patti Ryan, MSN, RN, has been an RN for over 43 years. She received her Diploma is Nursing from Butterworth Hospital School of Nursing in 1977 and her BSN from University of San Diego in 1989. She earned her MSN, Family Health CNS, in 1993. Patti has eclectic work experience including US Navy, pediatrics, neonatal, oncology, CNS, and home health. She has been employed at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, CA since 2001 and a member of the Vascular Access Team since 2004. Patti is a wife, mother of 3 and grandmother of 1. Her outside interests include RV adventures, crocheting and other handicrafts, disability advocacy.

    Marivic Guzman, BSN RN, VA-BC

    Precision Vascular Access

    Marivic has over 15 years of nursing experience, with the bulk of her career being spent in CVICU. While working in critical care, Marivic dabbled in other areas of nursing, such as a Recovery Room Nursing, teaching Clinicals at a Vocational Nursing School, facilitating megacodes for ACLS classes and getting involved in the Code Blue Committee, as well as a managerial role at an outpatient infusion center. Her experience helped her to easily transition to her new role of IV Nurse in 2014. Her plans to convert to a Vascular Access Team took place shortly thereafter, where bedside PICC placement would be a newly implemented approach to care. She helped to see through the conversion from an IV Team to a Vascular Access Team and went on to obtain her Vascular Access Board Certification. 

    In 2018, Precision Vascular Access was founded in order to address a gap in care in the local medical community. Since its inception, Precision Vascular Access has helped to close a gap in care in the outpatient world, providing all-inclusive outpatient infusion care to patients and doctors alike. 

    Host: Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI® – INS Clinical Education & Publications Manager

    Guests:

    ·      Elizabeth Morrell, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

    ·      Patti Ryan, MSN, RN

    ·       Marivic Guzman, BSN RN, VA-BC

    In this podcast, vascular access team members discuss the challenges of practicing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Team members address changes in time management, personal protective equipment protocols, and vascular access device selection. Learn how these exceptional clinicians have worked to modify practice to accommodate changes needed during the pandemic. Explore how teamwork and collaboration across the organization has boosted morale for health care personnel.