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 77: June 11, 2021 - Discussing Healthy Work Environment and Nurses’ Health with the New INS President

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    Do you know the six standards of a healthy work environment? Is research part of your clinical practice? Are you ready to accept the Healthy Nurse Healthy NationTM grand challenge? Listen as Sue Weaver, President of the INS Board of Directors shares her passion for research, explores the standards of healthy work environments, and encourages you to join Healthy Nurse Healthy NationTM

    Do you know the six standards of a healthy work environment? Is research part of your clinical practice? Are you ready to accept the Healthy Nurse Healthy NationTM grand challenge? Listen as Sue Weaver, President of the INS Board of Directors shares her passion for research, explores the standards of healthy work environments, and encourages you to join Healthy Nurse Healthy NationTM

    Sue Weaver, PhD, RN, CRNI®, NEA-BC

    Sue Weaver, PhD, RN, CRNI®, NEA-BC, has been a nurse for more than 30 years. She has a PhD in nursing and a master’s degree in nursing with a focus in nursing administration. Currently, Sue is a nurse scientist at Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH), Ann May Center for Nursing and the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing, with a program of research on the nursing workforce. She has published her work in multiple peer-reviewed nursing journals and presented at state and national conferences. At HMH, Sue is an active member of the Vascular Access Device Team. She has experience as an ICU nurse, evening nursing supervisor, and nurse educator, with responsibility for teaching the IV course. Sue has just completed her term on the INS National Council on Education. Sue has been a CRNI® since 2008 and also has nurse executive, advanced certification.

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

    Guests: Sue Weaver, PhD, RN, CRNI®, NEA-BC – President, INS Board of Directors

    Do you know the six standards of a healthy work environment? Is research part of your clinical practice? Are you ready to accept the Healthy Nurse Healthy NationTM grand challenge? Listen as Sue Weaver, President of the INS Board of Directors shares her passion for research, explores the standards of healthy work environments, and encourages you to join Healthy Nurse Healthy NationTM

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  • Episode 76: May 28, 2021 - Vein Visualization and Vessel Health

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    In this episode of INS Infusion Room, leading experts Nancy Moureau, Dennis Ernst, and Peter Carr discuss the significance of vessel preservation, vascular visualization, and practice and educational goals that will improve patient outcomes. 

    In this episode of INS Infusion Room, leading experts Nancy Moureau, Dennis Ernst, and Peter Carr discuss the significance of vessel preservation, vascular visualization, and practice and educational goals that will improve patient outcomes. 

    Nancy Moureau, PhD, RN, CRNI®, CPUI, VA-BC

    Nancy Moureau PhD, RN, CRNI®, CPUI, VA-BC is an internationally recognized speaker and expert in the field of vascular access practice. A nurse for more than 30 years, Dr. Moureau performed clinical work most recently as a staff member on the PICC/IV team at Prisma/Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, SC and now works as a home infusion nurse with Infinity Infusion Nursing. As the owner and CEO of PICC Excellence, she provides online education for all types of vascular access to promote greater patient safety and works with manufacturers to make more education available to clinicians. A well-published author, Dr. Moureau is constantly involved with research and literature analysis. A recipient of the Herbst Award for Lifetime Achievement through the Association for Vascular Access for Excellence in 2016, Dr. Moureau is a supporter of vascular access specialization. An adjunct associate professor at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, she has participated in multiple Australian research studies and is a member of the Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research (AVATAR). Dr. Moureau is an advisor, consultant, speaker and expert throughout the USA and abroad on subjects specific to PICCs, ultrasound, central lines, infection prevention, and general vascular access education. A supporter of training and competency assessment for invasive procedures Dr. Moureau and her team at PICC Excellence have established the only PICC certification process, Certified PICC Ultrasound Inserter (CPUI), where those who meet qualifications gain and maintain the credentials of an expert CPUI. Nancy continues to be a resource and mentor to many and can be reached through nancy@piccexcellence.com.

    Dennis J. Ernst, MT (ASCP), NCPT (NCCT)

    Dennis J. Ernst, MT(ASCP), NCPT(NCCT) is the Director of the Center for Phlebotomy Education, Inc. in Cheboygan, Michigan. Besides being a highly recruited international lecturer, he has authored five books on phlebotomy and over 50 articles. Mr. Ernst has chaired multiple committees that write and revise industry standards for blood sample collection and has served on multiple CDC Evidence Review panels establishing best practices for blood collection.  As a subject-matter expert, he has appeared on Dateline NBC, and quoted by the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Weekly Reader, and, yes, even the National Inquirer. Mr. Ernst frequently serves as an expert witness in phlebotomy-related litigation, and his blog, Phlebotomy Today, is read by over 14,000 healthcare professionals worldwide.

    Peter J. Carr, PhD, MMedSc, BSc, RN

    Pete J. Carr, PhD, MMedSc, BSc, RN trained as a vascular access clinician in Ireland, the UK, Australia, and has contributed to clinical research in vascular access since 2010. He completed his PhD with the Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research (AVATAR) Group at Griffith University, Queensland Australia. Dr. Carr currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the National University of Ireland Galway. His clinical research agenda hopes to improve vascular access outcomes for patients, clinicians, and healthcare providers. You can follow him on Twitter @pcarriv

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

    Guests: 
    • Nancy L. Moureau PhD, RN, CRNI®, CPUI, VA-BC
    • Dennis J. Ernst, MT(ASCP), NCPT(NCCT)
    • Peter J. Carr PhD, MMedSc, BSc, RN

    The use of vascular visualization technology is recommended to increase insertion success of the most appropriate vessel while reducing insertion-related complications, thereby promoting vessel health and preserving the patient’s vasculature. In this episode of INS Infusion Room, leading experts Nancy Moureau, Dennis Ernst, and Peter Carr discuss the significance of vessel preservation, vascular visualization, and practice and educational goals that will improve patient outcomes.

     Resources:

    1. INS Virtual Infusion Education
      Promoting Vessel Health and Preservation Through Vein Visualization
      June 29 & 30, 2021            
      Register here: https://www.learningcenter.ins1.org/2021JuneVirtual
    2. Moureau NL. The VHP model. In: Moureau NL, ed. Vessel Health and Preservation: The Right Approach for Vascular Access [Open Access]. Springer, Cham; 2019. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-03149-7_1
    3. Vessel Health and Preservation: The Right Approach for Vascular Access (available for Kindle through Amazon at no charge): https://amzn.to/37vTN8D


  • Episode 75: May 13, 2021 - Sickle Cell Disease My Story – Remembering Kelsey Taylor

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    Living with sickle cell anemia: what I wish my caregivers understood about me—Kelsey Taylor, June, 2019.

    Living with sickle cell anemia: what I wish my caregivers understood about me—Kelsey Taylor, June, 2019.

    Kelsey Taylor

    My name is Kelsey Taylor. I’m a 27-year-old graduate of Wheaton College, MA.  I was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia at birth, and since then have been advocating for patients nationwide. While struggling with sickle cell, I had my first pain crisis when I was 5 years old, suffered severe daily pain since age 16, and at 19 I ended up doing a bone marrow transplant in an attempt to cure my disease. I engrafted—meaning new, healthy bone marrow was producing normal cells—but my body rejected the healthy marrow and sickle cell disease returned a month later. Since then, I've focused on advocating and sharing my experience with the disease, including creating a podcast to raise awareness of the patient perspective of not just sickle cell, but many chronic illnesses, diseases, and disabilities.

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

    Guest: Kelsey Taylor (Recorded June, 2019)

    Sickle cell disease is a family of blood disorders that affects the hemoglobin molecule in red blood cells, and impacts approximately 80 000 individuals in the United States. It’s the most common inherited blood disorder in this country, affecting 1 in 500 African Americans and 1 in 1000-1400 Hispanic Americans. In sickle cell disease, the hemoglobin molecules are atypical and change into a crescent—or sickle—shape. Those living with sickle cell disease often experience episodes of severe pain and suffer the effects of anemia, which causes extreme fatigue, shortness of breath and, in children, delayed growth and development. In adults, serious complications may include pulmonary hypertension, a form of high blood pressure that affects the blood vessels that supply the lung.

    In this session, Kelsey Taylor described her experiences living with the disease and explains how she worked to advocate for those who experience sickle cell and other chronic conditions.      

    Resources:

    1. https://www.sciencemag.org/new...
    2.  https://sponsored.bostonglobe.com/pfizer/dear-scientist-sickle-cell-disease/
    3. https://www.gofundme.com/f/hel...
    4. Sickle Cell Disease Foundation: Sickle Cell Disease Foundation (scdfc.org)

  • Episode 74: May 7, 2021 - Tips and Tricks for Effective Educational Programs

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    Whether developing micro-learning capsules, traditional classroom lesson plans, or annual competency reviews, nursing education is designed to share specific information in its most accessible form. Learner engagement is essential to information retention; instruction design is essential to meaningful learning. In this podcast, Marlene Steinheiser and Dawn Berndt, the INS clinical education team shares practical tips for developing department- or organizational-based education programs.  


    Whether developing micro-learning capsules, traditional classroom lesson plans, or annual competency reviews, nursing education is designed to share specific information in its most accessible form. Learner engagement is essential to information retention; instruction design is essential to meaningful learning. In this podcast, Marlene Steinheiser and Dawn Berndt, the INS clinical education team shares practical tips for developing department- or organizational-based education programs.  


    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.

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

    Guest: Marlene M. Steinheiser, PhD, RN, CRNI® – INS Director of Clinical Education

    Abstract:

    Whether developing micro-learning capsules, traditional classroom lesson plans, or annual competency reviews, nursing education is designed to share specific information in its most accessible form. Learner engagement is essential to information retention; instruction design is essential to meaningful learning. In this podcast, Marlene Steinheiser and Dawn Berndt, the INS clinical education team shares practical tips for developing department- or organizational-based education programs. 

     

    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

    Wright D. The Ultimate Guide to Competency Assessment in Health Care. 3rd edition. Minneapolis: Creative Health Care Management; 2005.

    Donna Wright - Creative Heath Car–e Management (chcm.com)



  • 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

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    ·      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)