Expanded IV Therapy for the Licensed Practical Nurse
This course is designed to prepare the licensed practical nurse to perform procedures related to the expanded scope of intravenous therapy, using a peripheral intravenous catheter, a midline catheter and a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC line), in a licensed hospital, a nursing facility and a certified end-stage renal dialysis unit as identified in 655 IAC Chapter 6. Major emphasis is placed on the specialized skills needed to provide intravenous therapy related to the expanded scope of the licensed practical nurse for clients who are age 12 or older and for clients who weigh 80 pounds or more.
During this course the licensed practical nurse will learn: The major legal implications of intravenous therapy (IV) relative to Iowa Code chapter 152 and 655 IAC Chapters 4 and 6, select IV devices used in administering intravenous solutions and drugs, indicating the criteria for use, precautions, complications of each, and documentation of equipment used, specific to a midline and PICC line sites, be knowledgeable of the anatomy and physiology of central veins, demonstrate the principles of infection control, manage IV therapy to decrease the risk of complications, specific to midline and PICC line sites, analyze the major drugs used intravenously, giving precautions, dose and effects, rate of infusion, side effects and reactions, factors controlling stability and compatibility, preparation, and administration of each drug, demonstrate the maintenance and care of the client with a midline or PICC line site and/or infusion, in a simulated laboratory setting and in a clinical setting in accordance with 655 IAC Chapter 6, and perform techniques for preparing and administering IV solutions and additives in simulated and clinical situations with appropriate supervision, according to agency policy.
PREREQUISITES: 1) Unrestricted Iowa nursing license or an unrestricted license in another state recognized for licensure in this state pursuant to the nurse licensure compact contained in Iowa code 152E, 2) Documented 1040 hours as a LPN, currently employed in a licensed hospital, licensed skilled nursing facility, or a certified end-stage renal dialysis unit whose written policies and procedures allow the licensed practical nurse to perform procedures related to the expanded scope of intravenous therapy, and 3) completed agency agreement. Contact Laura Daman at Kirkwood Community College Continuing Education, 319-398-5626, to begin the process of satisfying the prerequisites. All prerequisites need to be completed and returned no later than October 19th. Once satisfactory documentation of the prerequisites has been met, the student will be enrolled in the course. Please note that in the event of college or instructor cancellations only, December 5th will be used as a make-up day if needed.
Required Text: “IV Therapy Made Incredibly Easy!” 4th edition, ISBN-13: 978-1-60547-198-3. Students will need to purchase on their own and bring text to class.; Book is available in the main campus Kirkwood Bookstore.
Math Test Requirements: A math competency test will be administered at the first class (unit 1) and the student must score at least 90% or better to continue in the class. Students will be sent a practice test prior to the first class.
Nursing Contact Hours: 5.0 Licensed Practical Nurse
100% attendance required. Continuing Education will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of both the didactic and lab/clinical portions of the course. Documentation of course completion shall be maintained by the licensed practical nurse and their employer. Approved by Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #30.