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One-on-one training was offered to staff nurses wanting to learn or improve their peripheral IV insertion skills. For four hours a staff nurse could work with an IV Team nurse. Prior to the......

One-on-one training was offered to staff nurses wanting to learn or improve their peripheral IV insertion skills. For four hours a staff nurse could work with an IV Team nurse. Prior to the hands-on training, the nurse was required to do some independent study.

This letter welcomed the nurse to the program and described content and expectations.

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  • 1. Congratulations! You have decided to enhance your professional nursing skills by learning to start peripheral IVs. The Vascular Access Team (VAT) at Fairview Southdale Hospital applauds you and we pledge to help you become proficient. Your learning experience will consist of three parts – one is optional, but highly recommended. 1. Self-directed learning facilitated by a Study Guide. You will read an in-depth article about starting IVs and answer questions about the content in the article. You will also be directed to do some hands-on learning exercises. This activity will take a few hours to complete. 2. Specialized Hands-on-Training an expert VAT nurse. For four hours will will start one IV after another. 3. The new intravenous therapy class that is given every other Tuesday afternoon during new nurse orientation (optional). The class covers assessment, monitoring, care, and troubleshooting for peripheral IVs. This information should provide more insight into best catheter and placement locations for your patients. Many complications arise simply because all patient factors were not considered when the IV was inserted. Few institutions offer the in-depth and comprehensive program that we have in store for you. Just remember, starting IVs is an acquired skill. Honing that skill requires desire, patience, and practice – lot’s of it! Self-Directed Learning Why self-directed learning, you ask? Our rationale is simple; why waste precious time on the basics with the VAT nurse, when you can learn them ahead of time? The self-directed learning in this program is designed to arm you with sufficient knowledge to enable you to take full advantage of every minute that you spend with the VAT nurse. The Study Guide will facilitate your independent learning experience. Before you even meet with the VAT nurse, this is some of what you will learn and practice*. Names, locations, and most suitable catheters and therapies for • major peripheral veins. Be ready to call the veins by name and point them out when you meet with the VAT nurse.
  • 2. Principles of infection control for venipuncture (At FSH, the • preferred antimicrobial is Chloraprep®) How to palpate a vein to see if it is suitable for venipuncture* • How to apply a tourniquet and stabilize a vein for venipuncture* • How to use the safety features and advance each of the two types of • peripheral IV catheters used at FSH* Three ways to insert a peripheral IV catheter • Self-directed learning sounds boring. However, only you can learn the material. Think about how the information will translate to actual practice. Specialized Training This is where your self-directed learning will pay off. You will spend one morning starting IVs with a VAT nurse in the Care Suites. This area is loaded with patients having coronary angiograms, pacemaker insertions, interventional radiology procedures, CT-guided biopsies, and various endoscopic procedures. They all need peripheral IVs for moderate sedation and/or x-ray contrast administration. Many of the patients will be in good general health and have good veins for venipuncture. Depending on how you do, you may even want to try some of the more challenging insertions. For four hours, while you start IVs, you will have your very own coach from the Vascular Access Team! Good Luck Learn and Enjoy!