On January 25, national IV nurse day, the Infusion Nurses Society (INS) announced the release of the revised 2011 Infusion Nursing Standards of Practice. This has been a long awaited document for infusion nurses and I am so happy to hear this news. So like a child on Christmas morning, I wait in great anticipation to get my free copy as a member of INS in the mail, always checking the mailbox TID since Tuesday’s announcement. (update: Gold Standard came in the mail today!!!)
I understand that not all may share my enthusiasm about the Infusion Nursing Standards of Practice. Many say that it only applies to infusion nurses and the rest of the nursing world doesn’t care at all. Ouch!!!… that hurts. 😦 The reality is, I have seen so many situations where nurses get in legal trouble related to infusion/IV therapy and they are held to the same Infusion Nursing Standards of Practice, whether they know about it or not, follow it or not. Claiming ignorance of the standards is not an excuse and not a defense.
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