IV Insertion Course

Intravenous (IV) Therapy Competency Course

The IV Therapy Competency Course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of current IV therapy techniques, and is also an important tool for those preparing for Certified Registered Nurse Infusion (CRNI) certification. The course addresses the nine core areas of infusion therapy as defined by the Infusion Nurses Society, including Technology and Clinical Application, Fluid and Electrolyte Balance, Pharmacology, Infection Control, Pediatrics, Transfusion Therapy, Antineoplastic Therapy, Parenteral Infusion and Performance Improvement.

Because IV therapy is used in many different clinical settings, students will receive training in using the latest equipment, including winged infusion sets, IV catheters, ports, administration sets, manual drips, and more. Practical patient considerations will be discussed, including central and peripheral lines, peripheral venipuncture, methods of infusing IV fluids and medications, IV site selection and care, infection control and management of complications.

Course Objectives:

  • Explain the indications and contraindications of peripheral IV therapy
  • Develop familiarity with selected venipuncture terms
  • Learn infection control guidelines
  • Discuss anatomy relevant to site selection
  • Insert and remove peripheral IVs on an anatomical model
  • Calculate infusion rates
  • Learn how to care for and monitor a patient receiving IV therapy
  • Recognize common complications of peripheral IV catheters
  • Explain legal implications of IV therapy

RNs, LPNs, Emergency Room Technicians, Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics

CEUs: 6

This course is not for certification. It can be used to help students prepare for CRNI Certification in IV Therapy.

Course Length: One session, 6.5 hours