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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 20 Contact Hours (1 Pharm Hour)
Author(s): Lisa Gorski, MS, RN, HHCNS-BC, CRNI, FAAN
Peer Reviewer(s): Lynn M. Czaplewski, MS, ACNS-BC, CRNI, AOCNS
Item#: N1785
Contents: 1 Course Book (208 pages)
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Infusion Therapy: Essentials for Safe Practice, 2nd Edition

Price $64.95
Item # N1785
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Release Date: September 27, 2017 

Expiration Date: September 30, 2020


Infusion therapy is administered across all healthcare settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient settings, physician offices, and the home. Because infusion therapy is such a common practice, nurses may underestimate its potential risks and complications. This course is appropriate for nurses who administer infusion therapy in any healthcare setting. The course discusses selection of the most appropriate vascular access device (VAD) for the patient, potential complications with an emphasis on identification of signs and symptoms, preventative interventions, and interventions to take in the event of occurrence, as well as safe infusion administration. The course is designed for both newer and experienced nurses. The newer or less-experienced nurse who takes this course will gain information needed to become knowledgeable and confident in providing infusion therapy-related care, whereas the experienced nurse will find opportunities to review the basics and grow in understanding the professional implications of practicing infusion therapy.


Course Objectives

  • Discuss issues related to the selection and placement of peripheral, subcutaneous, and intraosseous access devices.
  • Discuss issues related to the selection and placement of central vascular access devices (CVADs).
  • Discuss the ongoing care and maintenance required to safely manage short peripheral and midline catheters and reduce the risk for complications.
  • Discuss ongoing care and maintenance required to safely manage CVADs and reduce the risk for complications.
  • Discuss complications related to vascular access devices, as well as preventive strategies, identification, and management.
  • Describe best practices for infusion administration in acute and nonacute settings, with consideration to special patient populations.
  • Discuss issues involved in infusion administration in nonacute care settings.
  • Describe professional practice standards as they relate to the practice of infusion therapy nursing.
  • Describe standards of professional performance as applied to the practice of infusion therapy nursing.


Lisa Gorski, MS, RN, HHCNS-BC, CRNI, FAAN, has worked as a clinical nurse specialist in home health since 1985. She currently works for Wheaton Franciscan Home Health and Hospice in Milwaukee, WI. She is the author of more than 40 published journal articles and books and frequently presents on infusion therapy-related topics across the country and internationally. Her primary areas of expertise include infusion therapy, home care, and care of chronically ill adult patients. She served as the 2007-2008 president of the Infusion Nurses Society, is an editor for the INS textbook Infusion Nursing in Clinical Practice: An Evidence-based Approach, and served as the chairperson of the 2011 and 2016 INS Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice Committee. She is currently the chairperson for the Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation Board of Directors and also serves on the editorial board for Home Healthcare Now. Ms. Gorski was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2006 and was awarded the CNS of the Year award in 2011 by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.


Lynn M. Czaplewski, MS, ACNS-BC, CRNI, AOCNS, has been a part-time faculty member in the School of Health at Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee, WI, since 2000. During this same time period, she served as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) and director of nursing services at Oncology Alliance and as an oncology CNS at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital and Froedtert Hospital, all in Milwaukee, WI. She received her bachelors of science in nursing from Regents College in Albany, NY, and her masters degree as a CNS from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She is certified as an infusion therapy nurse, a clinical specialist in adult health, and advanced oncology CNS. Ms. Czaplewski has served as president of the Infusion Nurses Society (INS), as a reviewer for the INS’s 2016 Infusion Nursing Standards of Practice, and as an editorial board member of the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. She has published articles and book chapters and has presented on topics of infusion nursing.


  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • Lisa Gorski has disclosed that she is on the speakers’ bureau for Genentech and has served on advisory boards for Baxter, Teleflex, ivWatch, and Hospira. She also serves as a speaker for 3M and BD Medical. Western Schools ensures that this content is free from bias and commercial influence through its peer review process.