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IV Certification pre-requisites:
1.) Ca. State Licensed
Vocational Nurse (LVN)
2.) RN or MD.
Upon completion of this course the student will
- Describe the anatomy and physiology of the skin, four structures of a vein, and locations of veins in the upper extremities.
- Explain indications for intravenous therapy, advantages and disadvantages, modes of administration.
- Explain homeostasis, the three major organs effecting homeostasis, and functions of electrolytes.
- Calculate the correct volume and dosage for a prescribed IV medication dose.
- Describe signs and symptoms of adverse drug reactions and nursing interventions for local and systemic complications related to IV therapy.
- Explain the necessary reporting and documenting for adverse drug reactions.
- Define specific terms related to IV administration equipment.
- Demonstrate the placement of a IV catheter.
- Describe the procedures for administration of IV piggyback medication using continuous flow tubing, peripheral well, and secondary line with primary line established.
- Explain psychological factors and specific nursing approaches for emotional support of the IV therapy.
- Describe principals of nursing care related to cultural, pediatric, and geriatric considerations.
- State factors that determine the IV dressing site dressing change schedule and describe the care of infusion site, and a peripheral well flush.
- Describe the specific elements of IV therapy documentation and accurate documentation of specific procedures.
- Describe specific procedures for laboratory check lists including care for infusion site, piggyback administration, and discontinuance of IV infusion.
- Discuss the importance of communication skills in establishing a patient relationship.
- Recognize developmental level and utilize developmental theory in planning, implementing, and evaluating care of assigned patient.
- Recognize and utilize principals of safety when planning, implementing, and evaluating care of assigned patient.
- Discuss the use of nursing process, techniques/learning theories when incorporating informal health teaching in the health care setting.
- Assumes responsibility and accountability for his/her own actions as defined by the California Nurse Practice Act, and Title 22.
The duration of this course is 24 hours of theory lecture and 6 hours of lab/practical hands on. Upon successful completion of this course, and 3 successful IV starts, students (LVN’s ) will receive a Certificate of Completion for Intravenous Therapy from the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. The BVNPT does not certify unlicensed professionals in IV therapy. As of 11/19/2010, this course is approved for 30 CEU’s for LVN’s through the BVNPT. This course has not been approved by the BRN for CEU’s for RN’s.
Ca LVN CEU Renewal Requirements – Licensees must complete 30 contact hours of Continuing Education every two years in order to renew their license with an active status. The 30 hour CE requirement does not apply to the first license renewal following the initial issuance of a license. However, if the license has been delinquent for more than one complete renewal cycle (i.e., more than 24 months) then CE is required. Licensees are required by law to retain the original copies of their CE Certificates for a period of 4 years and if audited, they must furnish the Board copies of all relevant documents.
Type of degree conferred : Certificate