Disciplines:
  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
(2 pharm hours)
Author(s): Lisa Gorski, MS, APRN, BC, CRNI, FAAN
Peer Reviewer(s): Deborah Richardson, RN, MS, CNS
Item#: N1580
Contents: 1 Course Book (40 pages)

Peripheral IV Therapy: Best Practices for Safe Outcomes



Price $14.95
Item # N1580
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Note: This course must be completed by 12/31/16. Contact hours will not be awarded beyond this date.

This must-have course is essential for any nurse who is involved in the insertion, care, and assessment of peripheral IVs. Complications related both to the placement of the peripheral IV and those arising during the dwell time are addressed. Trends in the nursing environment leading to increased litigation are briefly explored and malpractice is defined. Nurses who complete this course will gain an understanding of how to make an appropriate IV site selection and its importance, best practice techniques to reduce complications, the importance of monitoring the IV site,  and documentation recommendations related to IV therapy.

Course Objectives 

  • Identify common complications associated with peripheral IV insertion and dwelling. 
  • Describe best practice strategies to reduce the risk for peripheral IV therapy complications.
  • Describe interventions used to manage complications associated with peripheral IV therapy. 
  • Discuss nursing malpractice issues and how they relate to peripheral IV therapy.
Lisa Gorski, MS, APRN, 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 numerous articles and books, and frequently presents on infusion therapy–related topics across the country. Her primary areas of expertise include home infusion therapy and care of chronically ill adult patients. She served as the 2007-2008 President of the Infusion Nurses Society, was an editor for the INS textbook Infusion Nursing in Clinical Practice: An Evidence-Based Approach, and most recently was the Chairperson of the INS Infusion Nursing Standards of Practice Committee. She also serves on the Editorial Board for Home Healthcare Nurse. 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.
Deborah Richardson, RN, MS, CNS, has over 30 years nursing experience in the field of vascular access as a clinician, educator, and consultant. She was a member of the 2011 Infusion Nursing Standards of Practice Committee and has numerous presentations and publications related to the practice of vascular access.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • 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 a CathFlo nurse educator for GeneTech, an advisory board member at Bard Medical and Hospira, and a consultant for 3M Company. 
  • Deborah Richardson has disclosed that she is a consultant for 3M Company, Becton, Dickinson and Company, and Semprus.