INS webinars deliver the most current infusion-related topics in a 60-minute presenter-led session. Each webinar is delivered live and then archived for on-demand viewing. All webinars are free to INS members.

Webinars

  • 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.

  • 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.