Of the 40 recertification units (RUs) required for a CRNI® to recertify, at least 30 RUs must be obtained by attending any INS Meeting (live or online). Up to 10 RUs may be earned from the non INS Meeting category. The learning assets in this section have all been approved for RUs. Virtual Meetings and Conference Learning meet the INS Meeting criteria. Webinars meet the non INS Meeting criteria. All webinars are free to INS members.

CRNI® Recertification Approved

  • Critical Geriatric Concepts for Infusion Nurses

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/20/2019 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    As the population in the United States ages, it is becoming increasingly important that nurses in all clinical settings know how to effectively care for older adults. Research shows that lack of education on basic geriatric concepts and principles, including the changes associated with aging, can result in preventable complications and poor health outcomes for older adults. This presentation will focus on those critical geriatric concepts, as well as the resources that infusion nurses should avail themselves of, in order to practice proper care of older adults. In addition, this presentation is a call for nurses in all settings to be leaders in improving geriatric care, both where they practice and where they live. It is clear to this nursing expert that there is a critical need for nurses to be advocates for older adults and to participate in the increasing number of initiatives that seek to address the impact of aging populations on community resources.

    As the population in the United States ages, it is becoming increasingly important that nurses in all clinical settings know how to effectively care for older adults. Research shows that lack of education on basic geriatric concepts and principles, including the changes associated with aging, can result in preventable complications and poor health outcomes for older adults. This presentation will focus on those critical geriatric concepts, as well as the resources that infusion nurses should avail themselves of, in order to practice proper care of older adults. In addition, this presentation is a call for nurses in all settings to be leaders in improving geriatric care, both where they practice and where they live. It is clear to this nursing expert that there is a critical need for nurses to be advocates for older adults and to participate in the increasing number of initiatives that seek to address the impact of aging populations on community resources.

    Learning Outcomes:
    1. Identify an atypical presentation of disease in older adults.
    2. How does reduction in muscle mass and increase in fat cells impact the health of an older adult?
    3. Name one geriatric nursing resource that is recommended to be used by nurses.

    Suzanne Purvis, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC

    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Geriatrics

    Suzanne Purvis, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC, has been a geriatric clinical nurse specialist for 20 years. She obtained both her MSN and Master’s Certificate in gerontology from Georgia State University and earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Minnesota. Her published work has focused on geriatric nursing competency development, the use of electronic health records in geriatrics, and dementia care education. She is currently a clinical nurse specialist for Beaumont Health in Royal Oak, Michigan and teaches geriatric best practice to acute care nurses. Suzanne is also on the Michigan State Dementia Coalition.

    CRNI® RUs: This session has been approved for 1 CRNI® recertification unit and meets the non INS Meeting criteria.

    Contact Hours: This session has been approved for 1 contact hour

    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: November 20, 2022

    To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.


    INS is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

  • Virtual Conference: Advancing Oncology Practice

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/01/2019

    The One-Day Program provides educational offerings with a concentrated focus on current oncology-related topics. These sessions are applicable to clinicians who care for patients in a variety of care settings including, acute care, outpatient and long-term care facilities, physicians’ offices, and patients’ homes. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from clinical experts who specialize in oncology practice.

    Advancing Oncology Practice

    The One-Day Program provides educational offerings with a concentrated focus on current oncology-related topics. These sessions are applicable to clinicians who care for patients in a variety of care settings including, acute care, outpatient and long-term care facilities, physicians’ offices, and patients’ homes. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from clinical experts who specialize in oncology practice.

    Implementing and Adhering to a Chemotherapy Exposure Management Program

    9:00 - 10:00 AM PDT
    • Administration of chemotherapy expansion beyond inpatient oncology units
    • Importance of adherence to policies and procedures specific to chemotherapy exposure
    • USP General Chapter <800> standards for handling hazardous drugs in all health care settings

    Benefits and Challenges in the Use of Immunotherapies for Solid Tumors

    10:00 - 11:00 AM PDT
    • Outline cancer biomarkers
    • Comparing immunotherapy to chemotherapy as treatment for cancer
    • Recognition and management of immune-mediated side effects

    Managing Chemotherapy Extravasation Across Transitions of Care: An Oncology CNS-driven Initiative

    11:00 - 12:00 PM PDT
    • Lack of literature related to nurse management of chemotherapy extravasation beyond initial treatment
    • Significant tissue damage following extravasation
    • A formalized process for managing chemotherapy extravasations to increase patient safety and nurse satisfaction.

    Hidden in Plain Sight: Strategies for Accepting and Managing Unconscious Bias

    1:30 PM - 2:30 PM PDT
    • Unconscious biases by oncology providers may contribute to health disparities
    • Evidence-based strategies that center on understanding, assessing, and redirecting unconscious bias
    • Implicit bias can occur in health care settings through micro-aggressions and micro-invalidations.

    Genetic Testing in Cancer Patients

    2:30 PM - 3:30 PM PDT
    • Importance of genetic testing for individuals with personal or family history of susceptibility
    • Evaluation of patients for referral for genetic testing and counseling.
    • Testing results such as genetic mutations and the mechanism of carcinogenesis can aid in diagnosis and management of the disease.
    Contact Hours

    This entire program has been approved for 5 contact hours. Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: November 1, 2022

    CRNI® Recertifications Units

    This entire program has been approved for 10 CRNI® recertification units and meets the INS Meeting criteria.
    *Note: Participants who attend the live version of this program at the 2019 National Academy in San Diego, CA are not eligible to receive contact hours or CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

    Implementing and Adhering to a Chemotherapy Exposure Management Program

    Marianne Valentine, BSN, RN, CRNI®
    9:00 - 10:00 AM PDT

    Administration of chemotherapy has expanded well beyond inpatient oncology units. Chemotherapy is commonly administered in outpatient and long-term care facilities, physicians' offices, and patients' homes. Policies and procedures specific to chemotherapy exposure must be adhered to in order to limit the short-term and long-term consequences of exposure. USP General Chapter <800> provides standards for handling hazardous drugs in all health care settings to protect patients, caregivers, and health care personnel from potential exposure and harm.

    Learning Outcomes:

    After the session, attendees will: 

    1. Discuss potential toxicities of chemotherapy drugs.  
    2. List common sites where chemotherapy is administered.  
    3. Discuss USP <800> standards for hazardous drugs.  
    4. Discuss PPE, safe handling and waste disposal of chemotherapy drugs.  
    5. Discuss implications for alternate sites including and caregivers.

    Benefits and Challenges in the Use of Immunotherapies for Solid Tumors

    Glenda L Kaminski, PhD, MS, APRN, AOCN, CRNI®
    10:00 - 11:00 AM PDT

    This presentation will outline cancer biomarkers and compare immunotherapy to chemotherapy as treatment for cancer. Information about recognition and management of immune-mediated side effects related to immunotherapy, such as cutaneous, gastrointestinal, renal, respiratory, endocrine, and neurological effects will also be discussed.

    Learning Outcomes:

    After the session, attendees will:

    1. Recognize the differences in mechanism of action between checkpoint inhibitors and chemotherapy  
    2. Identify the most common adverse events for checkpoint inhibition in solid tumors and review the recommended management strategies  
    3. Outline the signs and symptoms that nurses need to be aware of to facilitate prompt identification and treatment of immune-related adverse events.

    Managing Chemotherapy Extravasation Across Transitions of Care: An Oncology CNS-driven Initiative

    Christina Colvin, MSN, APRN, AOCNS, CRNI®
    Diana Karius, MS, APRN, CNS, AOCN
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT

    Literature related to nurse management of chemotherapy extravasation beyond initial treatment is lacking. Following extravasation, tissue damage can be significant when patients return for their regular appointment. Two oncology clinical nurse specialists designed a formal consult process to observe, manage, and make recommendations for follow-up. Since implementation of the process, multiple requests for consultations have been received. A formalized process for managing chemotherapy extravasations increases patient safety and nurse satisfaction.

    Learning Outcomes:

    After the session, attendees will be able to describe the necessity of a formalized process for the management of chemotherapy extravasations.


    Hidden in Plain Sight: Strategies for Accepting and Managing Unconscious Bias

    Paula Schultz MSN-ED, RN, CRNI®
    1:30 - 2:30 PM PDT

    Unconscious biases held by oncology providers may contribute to health disparities. This interactive presentation provides evidence-based strategies that center on understanding, assessing, and redirecting unconscious bias through focused debriefing, categorized management strategies, and perspective taking. Participants will learn how implicit bias can occur in health care settings through micro-aggressions and micro-invalidations.

    Learning Outcomes:

    After the session, attendees will: 

    1. Identify their personal level of unconscious bias awareness, its potential effect upon patient communication, and strategies for managing their perspective  
    2. Analyze effects of unconscious bias on cancer care disparities and subtle ways bias manifests in the patient/provider relationship  
    3. Compare and contrast stages of unconscious bias awareness and associated management strategies  
    4. Apply creative expression to gain insight, empathy, and relational awareness of patient situations.

    Genetic Testing in Cancer Patients

    Jane Lacovara, MSN, CNS-BC, CMSRN
    2:30 - 3:30 PM PDT

    Indications for genetic testing include individuals who have a personal or family history of genetic susceptibility. This session will discuss the importance of genetic testing in cancer treatment protocols as well as evaluate the need for referring patients for genetic testing and counseling. Attendees will also learn how the results of the testing, such as genetic mutations and the mechanism of carcinogenesis will aid in diagnosis or influence the medical or surgical management of the disease.

    Learning Outcomes:

    After the session, attendees will:

    1. Evaluate the need for patient referral for genetic testing and counseling 
    2. Define penetrance as it relates to genetic mutations 
    3. State the importance of genetic testing in cancer treatment protocols

    Marianne Valentine, BSN, RN, CRNI®

    Nurse Manager, PharmaCare Infusion Services

    Marianne Valentine, BSN, RN, CRNI®, is a Nurse Manager with PharmaCare Infusion Services. She has more than 33 years experience in infusion nursing, with 25 years in home infusion.  She is a part-time instructor at Allegany College of Maryland, teaching infusion therapy to nursing students. Marianne has been a member of  INS since 1990, and a speaker at the INS annual meeting in 2000. She was a contributing editor for Plummer’s Principles & Practice of Intravenous Therapy, 8th edition.

    Glenda L Kaminski, PhD, MS, APRN, AOCN, CRNI®

    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Oncology, Lakeland Regional Health

    Glenda L Kaminski, PhD, MS, APRN, AOCN, CRNI®, has been a medical oncology nurse for 35 years, 25 of which were spent as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Dr. Kaminski teaches nurses that are new to oncology about the cancer journey and how to support and educate their patients and those patients' families.

    Christina Colvin, MSN, APRN, AOCNS, CRNI®

    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cleveland Clinic

    Christina Colvin, MSN, APRN, AOCNS, CRNI®, began her nursing career as a clinical nurse on the adult in-patient hematology/oncology unit, expanding to include ambulatory chemotherapy infusion and hematopoietic stem cell transplant after obtaining her AOCNS in 2008.
    Professional contributions include developing education, safety and support initiatives for patients and expert consultation on complex vascular access topics, including assessing extravasations, product evaluation and best practices related to general care of patients with vascular access devices.

    Diana Karius, MS, APRN, CNS, AOCN

    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Hematology/Oncology, Cleveland Clinic

    Diana Karius, MS, APRN, CNS, AOCN is a CNS at the Cleveland Clinic  in hematology/oncology.  She has 40 years of nursing experience, with 26 of those years in Oncology. She has developed curriculum for orientation and coordinates courses in chemotherapy and End of life. Diana is a published author, and in 2011 she received the Mary Nowotny Excellence in Cancer Nursing Education award from the Oncology Nursing Society.

    Paula Schultz MSN-ED, RN, CRNI®

    Clinical Educator - Infusion, University Hospitals Home Care Services

    Paula Schultz MSN-ED, RN, CRNI®, is Infusion Clinical Educator at University Hospitals Home Care Services, Cleveland, Ohio. With background in oncology patient and public education, Paula has presented health literacy/cultural competence training in numerous settings including the 2017 International Cancer Education Conference. She is author of Teaching Strategies to Increase Nursing Student Acceptance and Management of Unconscious Bias, and a recipient of the 2016 Jarvis Joiner Award for Clinical Excellence in Culturally Competent and Sensitive Care.

    Jane Lacovara, MSN, CNS-BC, CMSRN

    Clinical Nurse Specialist, University of Arizona Medical Center

    Jane Lacovara is an advanced practice registered nurse and is board certified as a clinical nurse specialist and expert in oncology at the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona where she provides consulting services to the high-risk cancer patients in an acute care urban hospital. In her role at the hospital, she focuses on preventing complications in solid-tumor patients for both the oncology and surgery oncology patient populations.

  • Smart Infusion Pumps: Using Data and Evidence to Improve Patient Safety

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/23/2019

    This presentation will provide the audience with a history of the use of the Smart Infusion Pump in the US. The presenter will also define and explain terms often associated with Smart Pumps, such as Dose Error-Reduction System (DERS), Pump Interoperability and Drug Library. Participants will engage in an overview of the 2019 draft guidelines for Optimizing Safe Implementation and Use of Smart Infusion Pumps from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). The presenter will attempt to provide supporting evidence and user-based pump data to support various aspects of the guidelines. Finally, based on the ISMP guidelines and the evidence presented, participants will receive some specific actions to take, regarding patient safety, when using Smart Infusion Pumps.

    This presentation will provide the audience with a history of the use of the Smart Infusion Pump in the US. The presenter will also define and explain terms often associated with Smart Pumps, such as Dose Error-Reduction System (DERS), Pump Interoperability and Drug Library. Participants will engage in an overview of the 2019 draft guidelines for Optimizing Safe Implementation and Use of Smart Infusion Pumps from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). The presenter will attempt to provide supporting evidence and user-based pump data to support various aspects of the guidelines. Finally, based on the ISMP guidelines and the evidence presented, participants will receive some specific actions to take, regarding patient safety, when using Smart Infusion Pumps.

    Learning Outcomes: At the end of this presentation, the participant should be able to:
    1) Describe the general function of Smart Infusion Pumps and the terminology associated with their use
    2) Identify the types of data available from Smart Infusion Pumps
    3) Describe various aspects of guidelines, best practice documents, supporting data and evidence from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP).
    4) Outline actions that an infusion nurse can take to promote safe therapy using a Smart Infusion Pump

    ​Dan Degnan, PharmD, MS, CPPS, FASHP

    Associate Director of the Professional Program Lab, Purdue University College of Pharmacy

    Dan Degnan, PharmD, MS, CPPS, FASHP, is currently the Associate Director of the Professional Program Lab at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy, as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice.  Dan also works with the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE), at Purdue, as a Clinical Research Associate with expertise and research interests in the area of medication safety technology, safety culture, pharmacy operations and high reliability. 

    CRNI® RUs: This session has been approved for 1 CRNI® recertification unit and meets the non INS Meeting criteria.

    Contact Hours: This session has been approved for 1 contact hour

    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: October 23, 2022

    To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.


    INS is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

  • Challenges and Management of Infusion Reactions in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/18/2019

    Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), comprised of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, is a chronic disease influenced by the interaction of the environment, immune system, genetics, and gut microbiota. Currently 1.6 million Americans and 5 million people worldwide are affected by the unpredictable and challenging disease management of IBD. A complete understanding of IBD pathogenesis is unknown and there is no standardized treatment for IBD. Medication therapy options may include biologics, antibiotics, immunomodulators, corticosteroids, and aminosalicylates, requiring the infusion nurse to remain current with evidence-based practice. Listen to this webinar presentation, which focuses on the role of the infusion nurse, to learn more about challenges and developments in the management of IBD.

    Commercial Support: Takeda

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    Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), comprised of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, is a chronic disease influenced by the interaction of the environment, immune system, genetics, and gut microbiota. Currently 1.6 million Americans and 5 million people worldwide are affected by the unpredictable and challenging disease management of IBD. A complete understanding of IBD pathogenesis is unknown and there is no standardized treatment for IBD. Medication therapy options may include biologics, antibiotics, immunomodulators, corticosteroids, and aminosalicylates, requiring the infusion nurse to remain current with evidence-based practice. Listen to this webinar presentation, which focuses on the role of the infusion nurse, to learn more about challenges and developments in the management of IBD.  

    Learning Outcomes: At the conclusion of this webinar, the learners will be able to: 
    1) Discuss the pathogenesis of IBD and the current treatment options available for patients with IBD 
    2) Identify challenges and ways to manage these challenges when administering infusion medications to patients with IBD

    Rashmi Kumar, MD

    Gastroenterologist, Banner University Medical Center- Phoenix

    Rashmi Kumar, MD is a gastroenterologist at Banner University Medical Center- Phoenix. She finished medical school in India, having graduated fourth in her class, from Patna Medical College, Bihar. Her journey continued with an internal medicine residency at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix. For further training in gastroenterology, she joined the University of Arizona College of Medicine- Phoenix and successfully earned her degree in 2018. Dr. Kumar is particularly focused on inflammatory bowel disease. 

    CRNI® RUs: This session has been approved for 1 CRNI® recertification unit and meets the non INS Meeting criteria.

    Contact Hours: This session has been approved for 1 contact hour

    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: September 18, 2022

    To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.


    INS is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

  • Intravenous Push Medication Safety: Reducing the Risk for Patient Harm

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/29/2019

    Infusion therapy is commonplace in many clinical settings, as is the administration of intravenous (IV) push medications. It is essential for nurses to have the knowledge to correctly administer IV push medications and manage the associated challenges. This presentation will examine current evidence-based practice, identify potential risks for errors and complications, and make recommendations for safer practices associated with IV push medication administration.

    Commercial support: Fresenius Kabi

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    Infusion therapy is commonplace in many clinical settings, as is the administration of intravenous (IV) push medications. It is essential for nurses to have the knowledge to correctly administer IV push medications and manage the associated challenges. This presentation will examine current evidence-based practice, identify potential risks for errors and complications, and make recommendations for safer practices associated with IV push medication administration.

    Learning Outcomes: At the end of this program, the learner will be able to:
    • Discuss challenges associated with intravenous push medications.
    • Examine current evidence and practice related to intravenous push medication safety.
    • Identify potential risks and complications related to intravenous push medication.
    • Describe best practice for safe IV push medication administration.

    Candy Cross, MSN-Ed, RN

    Adjunct instructor, Chandler-Gilbert Community College

    Candy Cross, MSN-Ed, RN, is an adjunct instructor for Chandler-Gilbert Community College. For the past 5 years she served as the new grad/simulation manager for Dignity Health East Valley, assisting new graduate RNs transition to practice. Prior to that role, she worked in the CVICU for 12 years at a cardiac hospital and 6 years as a clinical education specialist. Candy earned her bachelor’s degree in 2007 from the University of Phoenix and her MSN-Ed from Grand Canyon University in 2011.

    Denise Dion, MSN-Ed, RN, PCCN, CNE

    Nurse Educator, Central Arizona College

    Denise Dion, MSN-Ed, RN, PCCN, CNE, is a nurse educator at Central Arizona College. She has 27 years of experience as a nurse, with the majority of her career spent in cardiac care. She earned her BSN from University of Massachusetts-Boston and an MSN-Ed from the University of Phoenix.  Denise has been working closely with colleagues to bring IV push medication best practice to bedside nurses and nurse faculty throughout Arizona.

    CRNI® RUs: This session has been approved for 1 CRNI® recertification unit and meets the non INS Meeting criteria.

    Contact Hours: This session has been approved for 1 contact hour

    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: August 29, 2022

    To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.


    INS is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

  • Immune Thrombocytopenia: Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 08/14/2019

    Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is an autoimmune disease that attacks the body’s platelets. It can have a newly diagnosed and persistent component and can occur in both children and adults. This presentation will discuss newly diagnosed and persistent ITP, diagnosis and treatment for children and adults, and long-term effects for patients with persistent ITP, including psychosocial and financial issues. A case example will follow a patient from diagnosis through various treatments over a 20-year span. At the conclusion of this presentation, the infusion nurse should be able to understand the importance of his or her role in administering IV medications as well as how their interactions affect the patient both short- and long-term.

    Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is an autoimmune disease that attacks the body’s platelets. It can have a newly diagnosed and persistent component and can occur in both children and adults. This presentation will discuss newly diagnosed and persistent ITP, diagnosis and treatment for children and adults, and long-term effects for patients with persistent ITP, including psychosocial and financial issues. A case example will follow a patient from diagnosis through various treatments over a 20-year span. At the conclusion of this presentation, the infusion nurse should be able to understand the importance of his or her role in administering IV medications as well as how their interactions affect the patient both short- and long-term.

    Learning Outcomes: At the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to:
    • Define immune thrombocytopenia and differentiate between newly diagnosed and persistent disease
    • Describe 3 treatments for immune thrombocytopenia
    • Discuss ways health care workers can be sensitive to patients with life altering diseases and provide support to them

    Theresa Thrower, BSN, RN, CRNI®, OCN®

    Home Health Case Manager, Kaiser Permanente

    Theresa has been a nurse for 42 years in various fields with a primary focus in home Infusion and home health. For the last 22 years she has worked specifically with chronically ill patients as well as patients who have been diagnosed with immune thrombocytopenia.

    CRNI® RUs: This session has been approved for 1 CRNI® recertification unit and meets the non INS Meeting criteria.

    Contact Hours: This session has been approved for 1 contact hour

    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: August 14, 2022

    To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.


    INS is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

  • Health Care of the Future: How Nurses Can Fix the Hospital

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/19/2019

    In this era of rapid change in health care, nurses must become aware of the opportunities available to contribute. By examining not only nursing’s past, but also its future, various methods emerge that add the all-important nursing voice to the evolution of health care. In addition, examining the National Academy of Medicine’s report and update on the Future of Nursing 2030 suggests further opportunities to contribute. Included in this presentation is a discussion of technology as it contributes to advances in care.

    In this era of rapid change in health care, nurses must become aware of the opportunities available to contribute. By examining not only nursing’s past, but also its future, various methods emerge that add the all-important nursing voice to the evolution of health care. In addition, examining the National Academy of Medicine’s report and update on the Future of Nursing 2030 suggests further opportunities to contribute. Included in this presentation is a discussion of technology as it contributes to advances in care.

    Learning Outcomes: At the end of this presentation the participant will be able to:
    • Describe the role of the registered nurse in the future
    • Describe the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations as they pertain to the nurses’ role
    • Understand strategic practices for developing the nursing role

    Adele Webb, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN

    Assistant Dean, Capella University

    Adele Webb, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, is an assistant dean at Capella University. Her focus is on international nurse capacity development as it relates to both communicable and non-communicable diseases. She has received extensive funding for her international work and has published her findings in several refereed journals. Adele has contributed to World Health Organization guidelines, testified to the Institute of Medicine, and given testimony to the White House on nursing workforce issues. She continues to collaborate with the WHO as well as the World NCD Congress, and these efforts have helped contribute to improved nurse capacity in health care systems across 43 countries.

    CRNI® RUs: This session has been approved for 1 CRNI® recertification unit and meets the non INS Meeting criteria.

    Contact Hours: This session has been approved for 1 contact hour

    Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: June 19, 2022

    To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.


    INS is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

  • Virtual Conference: Strong Nurses, Strong Practice

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/21/2019

    Caring for the caregiver is often a discounted aspect of health care. Nurses pour out their compassion, strength, abilities, and expertise on behalf of their patients, yet often, their own personal health and well-being is neglected. This focus track is dedicated to building strong nurses and strong practice. This entire program has been approved for 5 contact hours and 10 CRNI® RUs and meets the INS Meeting criteria.

    STRONG NURSES, STRONG PRACTICE

    Caring for the caregiver is often a discounted aspect of health care. Nurses pour out their compassion, strength, abilities, and expertise on behalf of their patients, yet often, their own personal health and well-being is neglected. This focus track is dedicated to building strong nurses and strong practice.

    Championing Workplace Civility

    8:00 - 9:00 AM EDT
    • Understanding why horizontal violence exists
    • Steps that need to be taken in order to change the status quo
    • Applying the describe, express, specify, and consequences (DESC) model to strengthen civility in the workplace

    Compassion Fatigue and Burnout: Understanding the Differences and Managing the Consequences

    9:00 - 10:00 AM EDT
    • Development of a nurse-patient therapeutic relationship may put nurses at risk for compassion fatigue
    • Cumulative stress related to the work environment can contribute to burnout
    • Explore strategies to recognize and manage the symptoms of compassion fatigue and burnout and mitigate the risks 

    Substance Use Disorder in Nursing

    10:30 - 11:30 AM EDT
    • Substance use disorder (SUD) is a complex disease with many serious consequences
    • Health care workers are not immune, and SUD is especially challenging in the nursing profession
    • This session will describe SUD, identify the symptoms, and discuss the nurse’s obligation to act if SUD is suspected in a colleague

    It's Time for YOU: The Healthy Infusion Nurse

    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT
    • Take a moment to think about taking better care of yourself and getting healthy
    • Attendees will learn about mind-body interventions including the power of gratitude, meditation, grounding, mindfulness, and breathing

    Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation

    1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT
    • American Nurses Association’s (ANA’s) “Healthy Risk Appraisal,” led to the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) initiative.
    • This session will discuss the key areas of nurse well-being including rest, nutrition, physical activity, quality of life, and safety and how to implement them into practice
    Contact Hours

    This entire program has been approved for 5 contact hours. Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: May 21, 2022

    CRNI® Recertification Units

    This entire program has been approved for 10 CRNI® recertification units and meets the INS Meeting criteria.

    *Note: Participants who attend the live version of this program at INS 2019 in Baltimore, MD are not eligible to receive contact hours or CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

    Championing Workplace Civility

    Arna Robins, MSN, RN, CEN, CFRN, NREMT
    8:00 - 9:00 AM EDT

    Although nurses enter the profession to help others, many times nurses are not helpful to one another. All nurses must understand why horizontal violence exists and what steps need to be taken to change the status quo. This session will define and describe different types of horizontal violence and discuss the reasons for its occurrence. Using the describe, express, specify, and consequences (DESC) model, attendees will learn how to have difficult conversations with colleagues in an effort to strengthen civility in the workplace.

    Learning Outcomes: After the session, attendees will be able to describe horizontal violence and discuss strategies for having difficult conversations.


    Compassion Fatigue and Burnout: Understanding the Differences and Managing the Consequences

    Deborah Boyle, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, FAAN
    Marlene Steinheiser, PhD, RN, CRNI®
    9:00 - 10:00 AM EDT

    When developing a nurse-patient therapeutic relationship, a nurse’s proclivity for empathy may put them at risk for compassion fatigue. Cumulative stress related to the work environment can contribute to burnout. Although compassion fatigue and burnout have similarities in etiologies, triggers, and symptoms, they differ in several ways. This session will explore strategies on how to recognize and  manage the symptoms of both situations, understand the similarities and differences, and how to mitigate the risks.

    Learning Outcomes: After the session, attendees will be able to describe the similarities and differences between compassion fatigue and burnout, and verbalize potential strategies to manage both.


    Substance Use Disorder in Nursing

    Suzanne Alunni-Kinkle, MSN, RN, CARN
    10:30 - 11:30 AM EDT

    Substance use disorder (SUD) is a complex disease with many serious consequences. SUD can range in severity from substance misuse to substance dependency. Health care workers are not immune, and SUD is especially challenging in the nursing profession. This disorder affects as many as 1 in 10 nurses, many of whom are not identified and may continue to practice, potentially endangering the lives of patients. This session will describe SUD, identify the symptoms, and discuss the nurse’s obligation to act if SUD is suspected in a colleague.

    Learning Outcomes: After the session, attendees will be able to identify behavioral and physical changes that occur with SUD and will understand steps to take if SUD is suspected.


    It's Time for YOU: The Healthy Infusion Nurse

    Melissa Harker, MSN, RN-BC
    Sara Scheller, BSN, RN, CCRN, NBC-HWC
    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT

    When was the last time you took a moment to think about taking better care of yourself and getting healthy? In this mind-body connection session, attendees will learn about mind-body interventions, including the power of gratitude, meditation, grounding, mindfulness, and breathing.

    Learning Outcome: After the session, attendees will be able to describe mind-body strategies that foster health and wellness.


    Healthy  Nurse, Healthy Nation

    Holly Carpenter, BSN, RN
    1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT

    Many nurses in the United States are overweight, do not get enough sleep, do not eat the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables, and have high workplace stress. In recognition of this alarming data from the American Nurses Association’s (ANA’s) “Healthy Risk Appraisal,” ANA created the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) initiative. This session will discuss the key areas of nurse well-being including rest, nutrition, physical activity, quality of life, and safety, along with strategies for implementation in practice.

    Learning Outcomes: After the session, attendees will be able to discuss the HNHN initiative and make a commitment to improve their own health and wellness.


    Contact Hours

    This entire program has been approved for 5 contact hours.

     Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: May 21, 2022


    CRNI® Recertification Units

    This entire program has been approved for 10 CRNI® recertification units and meets the INS Meeting criteria.

    *Note: Participants who attend the live version of this program at INS 2019 in Baltimore, MD are not eligible to receive contact hours or CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

    Arna Robins, MSN, RN, CEN, CFRN, NREMT

    PeaceHealth

    Arna K. Robins, MSN, RN, CEN, CFRN, NREMT, was a pediatric/neonatal flight nurse in the Southwest, before returning to the Pacific Northwest in 2012, where she is a house supervisor at Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor, Washington. She obtained an MSN from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix and a BSN from Azusa Pacific University in Azua, California, and she is a coauthor of the book The Dauntless Nurse: Communications Confidence Builder.

    Deborah Boyle, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, FAAN

    Advanced Oncology Nursing Resources

    Deborah Boyle, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, FAAN, is a certified advanced oncology clinical nurse specialist who has practiced for more than 4 decades. She has been the recipient of numerous honors from the Oncology Nursing Society, and in 1999, she was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing. Debi has delivered many lectures in the United States and abroad, and is the author of more than 300 publications and 4 books.

    Marlene Steinheiser, PhD, RN, CRNI®

    Infusion Nurses Society

    Marlene Steinheiser, PhD, RN, CRNI®,  is the Infusion Nurses Society's director of nursing education. Dr. Steinheiser has more than 30 years of nursing experience in acute care, home infusion/home care, long-term care, education, and regulatory environments. Her research interest is compassion fatigue and its effects on nurses, patients, and organizations. Dr. Steinheiser's most recent research on compassion fatigue among nurses in skilled nursing facilities has been supported by grants from the University of Arizona and Sigma Theta Tau.

    Suzanne Alunni-Kinkle, MSN, RN, CARN

    FSSolutions

    Suzanne Alunni-Kinkle, MSN, RN, CARN, has more than 29 years of experience in substance use disorder treatment and prevention. Currently, she is director of business  development–recovery management solutions for FSSolutions, an administrator of professional health monitoring services. Previously, she was chief nursing director of the Intervention Project for Nurses of the Florida Nurses Association and director of the New Jersey State Nurses Association's recovery and monitoring program. She serves on the executive of board of directors for the International Nurses Society of Addictions and the board of directors of the National Organization of Alternative Programs. Ms. Alunni-Kinkle is a member of the American Nurses Association and the Florida Nurses Association.

    Melissa Harker, MSN, RN-BC

    Hackensack Meridian Health

    Melissa Harker, MSN, RN-BC, is the manager of education for integrative health and medicine at Hackensack Meridian Health. She holds a master's degree in nursing education and a national certification in gerontology. Currently working on a doctoral degree with a focus on nursing leadership, she also has studied at the BirchTree Center of Healthcare Transformation and is a graduate of the Integrative Healing Arts Academy. Ms. Harker is a visiting professor at several universities and a published writer.

    Sara Scheller, BSN, RN, CCRN, NBC-HWC

    Hackensack Meridian Health

    Sara Scheller, BSN, RN, CCRN, NBC-HWC, is a nationally board-certified  health and wellness coach and an integrative nurse health coach for the integrative health and medicine program at Hackensack Meridian Health in New Jersey. Ms. Scheller received a BSN from Stockton University in Galloway Township in New Jersey and has trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the HeartMath Institute, and the Birch Tree Center for Healthcare Transformation. She is also an active member of the American Holistic Nurses Association and a system-wide health and wellness nursing council.

    Holly Carpenter, BSN, RN

    American Nurses Association

    Holly Carpenter, BSN, RN, is the senior policy advisor for the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Nursing Practice and Work Environment and Innovation departments. Her responsibilities include ANA's Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation initiatives, such as the Grand Challenge; resources and continuing education programs; and supporting work environment issues. Before joining the ANA, she was worked for the Maryland Nurses Association and the state of Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

  • Going Deep: An Implanted Vascular Access Port Review

    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.

  • Breast Cancer Treatment Update

    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.