Welcome 2015!!

Happy New Year and hope everyone is having a great start to 2015! 2014 was a great and challenging year not only for this blog but for healthcare in general.  In 2014, this blog turned five years old and I was very happy to have passed another milestone. Through this blog, I have met so…

Infusion Nursing Roundtable

I recently had the honor of participating in the RNFM Radio Infusion Nursing Roundtable with my colleagues, Ann Earhart, current INS president; Jim Lacy, current AVA president; and Sharon Weinstein, a past president of INS and past Chair of Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation (INCC). For nurses interested in this growing area of specialty practice, this…

FIVE Year Blog Anniversary Gift

To celebrate the “FIVE” year blog anniversary and to thank you for your continued support, I am giving away “FIVE” free registrations to  a web seminar on September 18, 2014 entitled:  A Closer Look at Peripheral IVs Description Intravenous therapy via a peripheral IV (PIV) catheter is one of the common IV procedures performed by…

Why do nurses use the same alcohol swab over and over?

I know, this may come as a surprise to all of you, but the truth is, I have seen many nurses (even those highly trained and specialized) both in hospitals and outpatient settings, use the same alcohol swab over and over. Imagine this scenario where a nurse is ready to withdraw medication from several vials.…

INS Exhibit Hall 2014 – Part 2 New PIV Technology

Don’t you just hate it when you stick a perfectly good vein  and end up going through the vein? Can you tell when the tip of the needle and the tip of the catheter have entered the vein to know when to advance the catheter into the vein? As I always do, here’s my disclaimer…

Exhibit Hall Experience INS 2014

At every INS Annual Meeting, the exhibit hall is the one of the highlights of the week.  I am very grateful to all the vendors who were there whether they had something new to show or not because their products contribute greatly to patient care and safety. Their willingness to educate nurses is always appreciated.…