Virtual Conference: Infusion Nursing: Why We Do What We Do

Recorded On: 05/22/2018

Infusion Nursing: Why We Do What We Do

More than 90% of all hospitalized patients require some form of infusion therapy, and a growing number of patients are receiving infusion therapy outside an acute care setting. Today’s track will feature expert infusion nurses who will answer common practice questions, as well as provide foundational information about fluids and electrolytes and pain management strategies. 

LIVE with Infusion Nurse Experts!

8:00 - 9:00 AM EDT
  • Description of how “Ask INS” online portal works
  • Review of top 10 most frequently asked questions
  • Participant submission of questions included

Pain Management: The Role of Infusion Nurses in Inpatient and Ambulatory Settings

9:00 - 10:00 AM EDT
  • Importance of pain control for patients
  • World Health Organization acknowledgement of pain relief as basic human right
  • Presentation of evidence-based solutions for pain management 

Principles of Infusion Therapy: Fluids

10:30 - 11:30 AM EDT
  • Understanding fluid and electrolyte balance
  • Review of basics
  • Assessment of fluid and measurement of electrolyte needs

Electrolytes: Opposites Attract

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT
  • Application of fluid and electrolyte administration
  • Medications that disrupt balance
  • Effective delivery of intravenous medication

Infusion Therapy from Hospital to Home - Bridging the Gap

1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT
  • Home infusion therapy continues to grow and expand in scope
  • The process of transitioning the patient requiring home infusion therapy was mapped                   
  • The work of AAMI focusing on the hospital to home transition is described
Contact Hours

This entire program has been approved for 5 contact hours. Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: May 22, 2021

CRNI® Recertifications Units

This entire program has been approved for 10 CRNI® recertification units.
*Note: Participants who attend the live version of this program at INS 2018 in Cleveland, OH are not eligible to receive contact hours or CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

LIVE with Infusion Nurse Experts!

Britt Meyer, PhD, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC, NE-BC
Denise Harper, MSN, RN, CRNI®, ACNS-BC
Karen Johnson, MSN, MBA, RN, CRNI®, CPUI, VA-BC

8:00 – 9:00 AM EDT

"Ask INS" on the INS website, ins1.org, is where visitors can submit infusion-related questions or browse the answers to queries submitted by other infusion nurses. During this session, attendees will have an opportunity to learn how "Ask INS" works, review the current Top 10 most frequently asked questions and their answers, and have their own questions answered. Use the live chat function on the side of your screen to submit a question to be addressed during this session.

Learning Outcomes: After the session, attendees will be able to discuss the answers to frequently asked questions of infusion nurses based on the Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice (2016) and current clinical practice.


Pain Management: The Role of Infusion Nurses in Inpatient and Ambulatory Settings

Carolyn Ruffing, MS, BSN, RN, OCN®
9:00 - 10:00 AM EDT

Much has been written in the past two decades about the importance of pain control for all patients. The World Health Organization has even acknowledged pain relief as a basic human right. Unfortunately, pain continues to be a complex and unresolved barrier to achieving desired outcomes in the U.S. health care system. This presentation will provide infusion nurses with evidence-based information to improve patient outcomes and for effective pain management and assessment.

Learning Outcomes: After the session, attendees will be able to describe correctly the pathophysiology of pain and its impact on patients. They also will be able to cite the use of evidence-based practice in pain management.


Principles of Infusion Therapy: Fluids

Christie Heinzman, MSN, RN, PNP-AC
10:30 AM - 11:30 PM EDT

Understanding fluid and electrolyte balance is an essential, fundamental stepping stone in the care of patients receiving intravenous therapies. However, it is often overlooked or forgotten in our high-technological functions. This session will review the basics to strengthen attendees' knowledge of the assessment of fluid and the measurement of electrolyte needs and changes. 

Learning Outcomes: After the session, attendees will be able to name three techniques to assess fluid needs and two electrolytes, and how to assess for their deprivation.


Electrolytes: Opposites Attract

Brian W Dubiel, RD, LD, CNSC
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT

The values are understood and the problem has been assessed. Now what? This session will focus on the application of fluid and electrolyte administration, and medications that may disrupt this delicate balance. It also will enhance attendees' knowledge of how to deliver intravenous medication effectively and efficiently, while establishing and maintaining this critical physiologic balance.

Learning Outcomes: After the session, attendees will be able to describe the scope of practice and 4 components of a model for safe home infusion therapy. They will also be able to discuss critical issues to address during the transition from acute to home care.


Infusion Therapy from Hospital to Home - Bridging the Gap

Lisa Gorski, MS, RN, HHCNS-BC, CRNI®, FAAN
1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT

The practice of home infusion therapy continues to grow and expand in scope. Based upon work done with the AAMI Foundation, the process of transitioning the patient requiring home infusion therapy was mapped from the hospital to the time of discharge from home care. Gaps and opportunities for process improvement were then identified. During this presentation, an overview of selected home infusion therapy issues are highlighted, a model for safe home infusion therapy is presented, and the work of AAMI focusing on the hospital to home transition is described.

Learning Outcomes: After the session, attendees will be able to describe the scope of practice and 4 components of a model for safe home infusion therapy. They will also be able to discuss critical issues to address during the transition from acute to home care.


Contact Hours

This entire program has been approved for 5 contact hours. Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: May 22, 2021

CRNI® Recertification Units

This entire program has been approved for 10 CRNI® recertification units.

*Note: Participants who attend the live version of this program at INS 2018 in Cleveland, OH are not eligible to receive contact hours or CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

Britt Meyer, PhD, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC, NE-BC

Duke University Hospital

Britt Meyer, PhD, RN, CRNI®, VABC, NEBC, a past president of INS, is nurse manager operations of the Duke University Hospital vascular access team. She teaches and speaks nationally and internationally on infusion-related topics, and recently completed a research study examining the patient experience related to peripherally inserted central catheter deep vein thrombosis.

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

Vidant Medical Center

Denise Harper, MSN, RN, CRNI®, ACNS-BC, is a clinical nurse specialist, infusion and adult medicine, at Vidant Medical Center. She has been a nurse for more than 30 years, many of those years working in the field of home infusion. A CRNI® for more than 20 years, she spent 4 years on INS' National Council on Education. She serves as Vidant Medical Center's infusion content expert and uses INS' Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice to keep policies up-to-date.

Karen Johnson, MSN, MBA, RN, CRNI®, CPUI, VA-BC

MobilexUSA

Karen T. Johnson, MSN, MBA, RN, CRNI®, CPUI, VA-BC, is clinical director of vascular access for MobilexUSA. She has worked in infusion nursing for the past 15 years, and has experience as a neonatal and adult intensive care nurse. Active in the Infusion Nurses Society and the Association for Vascular Access, she has served both at the local and national levels. Ms. Johnson has been the recipient of the South Carolina Nurses Foundation's Palmetto Gold award, which is presented to nurses who exemplify excellence in nursing practice and commitment to the nursing profession.

Carolyn Ruffing, MS, BSN, RN, OCN®

University of Rochester Medical Center's Wilmot Cancer Institute

Carolyn Ruffing, MS, BSN, RN, OCN®, is an oncology nurse with the University of Rochester Medical Center's Wilmot Cancer Institute (WCI). Experienced in inpatient oncology, palliative and hospice care, infusion therapy, and outpatient clinics, she currently is  developing a Nurse Navigator program for WCI. Her specialty is pain and symptom management. Cochair of the WCI pain committee, she also lectures on pain, with a focus on the oncology environment.

Christie Heinzman, RN, MSN, PNP-AC

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Christie Heinzman, MSN, RN, PNP-AC, is a pediatric nurse practitioner in the division of gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She has 5 years of experience as a nurse practitioner and more than 12 years of experience in gastrointestinal nursing. She expects to complete a doctor of nursing practice degree in 2018.

Brian William Dubiel, RD, LD, CNSC

Cleveland Clinic

Brian W Dubiel, RD, LD, CNSC, is an advanced practice clinical dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic, where he has practiced for 10 years. A member of the Cleveland Clinic’s nutrition support team, he leads daily physician bedside rounds for patients receiving total parenteral nutrition. He also provides nutrition therapy to patients in the intensive care setting. He is currently an investigator in two research studies.

Lisa Gorski, MS, RN, HHCNS-BC, CRNI®, FAAN

Wheaton Franciscan Home Health & Hospice

Lisa works as a clinical nurse specialist at Wheaton Franciscan Home Health & Hospice in Milwaukee and has over 30 years of experience in infusion nursing. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing. She is the author of over 40 journal articles and has authored three books on the topic of home infusion therapy. She is the coauthor of the 2014 Manual of IV Therapeutics: An Evidence-Based Practice for Infusion Therapy. She was an editor for the Infusion Nurses Society’s 2010 textbook Infusion Nursing in Clinical Practice: An Evidence-Based Approach and the Core Curriculum for Infusion Nursing, 4th edition. She served as INS president from 2007 to 2008 and chaired the 2011 and 2016 INS Standards of Practice committees. In 2006, she was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing. Lisa was honored as the INCC CRNI® of the Year in 2003 and as the 2011 CNS of the Year by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

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More than 90% of all hospitalized patients require some form of infusion therapy, and a growing number of patients are receiving infusion therapy outside an acute care setting. Today’s track will feature expert infusion nurses who will answer common practice questions, as well as provide foundational information about fluids and electrolytes and pain management strategies. The session will conclude with a mother’s testimony on the impact infusion nurses have had in her family’s life. You must register to access.
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