IV Therapy/Blood Withdrawal Course

IV Therapy/Blood Withdrawal Course

Program Overview

The IV course is intended for professionals who need continuing education. The course is designed to enable the Licensed Vocational Nurse to safely initiate and maintain intravenous therapy in a clinical setting. The course covers IV therapy, arterial puncture, and blood withdrawal. It will prepare students to do the following: recognize complications and reactions, identity the role of IV therapy, differentiate actions, dosages, side effects, and nursing implications, and more.

The non-accredited course will bring participants up-to-date knowledge and skills. This is a 36-hour course consisting of 27 hours of lecture and 9 hours of clinical experience.  LVNs who successfully complete the course will be certified by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technician Examiners to initiate and superimpose intravenous fluids and blood withdrawal.

The course is three nine-hour days of didactic training on the theory behind the practices and principles of intravenous therapy and blood withdrawal. It also includes one nine-hour day of clinical practicum in the clinical skills lab setting. Here each student must complete a minimum of three individually supervised successful venipunctures and three individually supervised skin punctures (capillary blood withdrawal) on live human subjects. Normal completion time for this course is one week, excluding any holidays and vacation times.

For Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts Students and Graduates
Non-refundable Seat Reservation Fee$100.00
Tuition Fee$236.00
STRF$0.00
Total Course Fee$336.00
This is the total amount due at registration for Gurnick graduates.
For non-Gurnick Students and Graduates
Non-refundable Seat Reservation Fee$100.00
Tuition Fee$272.00
STRF$0.00
Total Course Fee$372.00
This is the total amount due at registration for non-Gurnick graduates.

Textbooks are loaned to the student by Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts. In the case that the textbook is not returned in usable condition, the student will be responsible for the $125.00 cost. Certificates will not be released until all financial obligations with the school have been met.

Course Goals and Objectives

  1. Recognize the role of the Registered Nurse and the Licensed Vocational Nurse in IV Therapy and Blood Withdrawal.
  2. List factors that affect flow rates of IV solutions.
  3. Describe proper use of specific IV therapy, arterial puncture and blood withdrawal equipment.
  4. Initiate IV therapy, blood withdrawal, arterial puncture utilizing nursing precautions or patient safety by:
    • Preparing the patient psychologically
    • Explaining the rationale for blood withdrawal, arterial punctures, and venipunctures
    • Differentiating between the types of skin puncture, venipunctures and arterial devices and their appropriate uses
    • Differentiating between skin puncture, arterial puncture, and venipunctures
    • Distinguishing between types of intravenous solutions and their appropriateness
    • Preparing equipment properly and aseptically
    • Selecting and correctly preparing the most appropriate vein for venipunctures, blood withdrawal or arterial puncture
    • Preparing the site in a manner which reduces the chance of infection
    • Performing venipunctures utilizing direct or indirect method
    • Performing blood withdrawal utilizing skin puncture (vacutainer, butterfly, syringe), arterial puncture or venipunctures
    • Dressing site according to policy
    • Securing and immobilizing device appropriately and safely
    • Regulating flow rate and fluid accurately
    • Documenting on medical record
  5. Recognize complications related to blood withdrawal, arterial punctures, and venipunctures
  6. Recognize local and systemic reactions related to intravenous therapy
  7. List the nursing measures taken to reduce local and systemic reactions
  8. List five reasons to discontinue and restart IV device
  9. List the cause and differentiate clinical symptoms of electrolyte imbalances
  10. Identify the role of IV therapy and pH balance
  11. List the causes of pH imbalances
  12. Differentiate actions, dosages, side effects, and nursing implications of specified intravenous solutions
  13. Correlate the IV fluid container label with the name of the solution as commonly ordered
  14. List the usual components of Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)
  15. Identify nursing precautions relating to TPN
  16. Recognize safety techniques utilized in blood transfusions
  17. Recognize types of transfusion reactions
  18. List nursing actions taken when a blood transfusion occurs
  19. Examine the differences between techniques used in adult and pediatric IV therapy
  20. Discuss situations related to IV therapy and legal implications
  21. Describe appropriate ways of minimizing legal risks in IV therapy and blood withdrawal practice
  22. Identify the safety precautions in regards to administering IV fluids, withdrawing blood and testing for adequate circulation pertaining to arterial puncture site

Class schedules are subject to change. Gurnick Academy might cancel the upcoming course schedule if the minimum enrollment of 15 students is not met within one week of the proposed start date. Students who opt not to register for the following course schedule will be subject to Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts’ Continuing Education Courses Refund Policy.

In order to complete the clinical portion of the course, all participants are required to bring a volunteer to participate in the venipuncture skills check on the final day of the course.

Registration

Prior registration applicants must meet the following admission criteria:

  1. Provide valid photo identification
  2. Provide proof of one of the following:
    • A current and valid California LVN license
    • Senior standing in a CA VN Program with successful completion of Module IV
    • A graduate of a California Vocational Nurse program
    • Interim Permit status for California LVN licensure
    • Licensed RN (CA state)
    • Licensed physician (CA state)

Applicants must register online through our website. In order to complete registration applicant must first select IV Therapy/Blood Withdrawal Course on CE Courses page (This Page). Choose an appropriate campus and desired start date and click on Registration button. Follow the required steps to complete registration. Students must contact Admission Advisors to follow up with the registration completion.

Certification

In order to complete the clinical portion of the course, all participants are required to bring a volunteer to participate in the venipuncture skills check on the final day of the course.

There are two types of certificates that Gurnick Academy provides to its IV Therapy / Blood Withdrawal Program graduates: COURSE COMPLETION CERTIFICATE and CONTINUING EDUCATION CERTIFICATE. Please see below for more details regarding certificate applicability.

Course Completetion Certificate

LVNs:

At the completion of the course, the LVN who satisfactorily completes the course will receive a certificate of completion. The certificate will include the course title, date of completion, licensee’s name, address, telephone number, and license number and provider code issued by the board. The licensee is advised to retain the certificate in a secure location. After completion of the course, a copy of the certificate will be submitted to the board and the licensee will be listed as certified in intravenous therapy and blood withdrawal.

Non-Licensed:

Seniors in good academic standing may also complete the course; however, they must abide by the following requirement as set forth by BVNPT (please see Certification for LVNs Provider Guidelines California Code of Regulations, Section G. Reminders point 9).

Should licensure be obtained after course completion, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the provider upon receipt of licensure and request submission of the required certificate to the Board.

Continuing Education Certificate

RNs, Licensed Physicians:

These students complete the IV/BW course provided by Gurnick as Continuing Education course and should receive Continuing Education Certificates only which includes the Gurnick’s continuing education course approval number.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the structure and function of veins.
  2. Identify the names and the locations of the veins most suitable for phlebotomy and cannulation/venipuncture.
  3. Assemble equipment and supplies needed to collect blood and for cannulation/venipuncture and discuss the correct use of each.
  4. Demonstrate the steps in performing blood collection and cannulation/venipuncture procedure.
  5. Assess techniques and equipment used to minimize biohazard exposure in blood collection and cannulation/venipuncture.
  6. Evaluate procedural errors in blood collection and cannulation/venipuncture and discuss remedies for each.
  7. Differentiate complications associated with blood collection and cannulation/venipuncture and their effect on the quality of laboratory results.

Course Outline

Course NumberTitleClock HoursQuarter Credit Hours
VN 500Intravenous Therapy/Blood Withdrawal Certification for Licensed Vocational Nurses36.00.0
This is a 36-hour course consisting of 27 hours of lecture and nine (9) hours of clinical experience. The course is designed to enable the Licensed Vocational Nurse to safely initiate and maintain intravenous therapy in the clinical setting. LVNs successfully completing the course will be certified by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technician Examiners to initiate and superimpose intravenous fluids and blood withdrawal.
Total36.00.0

Certification Information

In order to complete the clinical portion of the course, all participants are required to bring a volunteer to participate in the venipuncture skills check on the final day of the course.

There are two types of certificates that Gurnick Academy provides to its IV Therapy / Blood Withdrawal Program graduates: COURSE COMPLETION CERTIFICATE and CONTINUING EDUCATION CERTIFICATE. Please see below for more details regarding certificate applicability.

COURSE COMPLETION CERTIFICATE
LVNs:
At the completion of the course, the LVN who satisfactorily completes the course will receive a certificate of completion. The certificate will include the course title, date of completion, licensee’s name, address, telephone number, and license number and provider code issued by the board. The licensee is advised to retain the certificate in a secure location. After completion of the course, a copy of the certificate will be submitted to the board and the licensee will be listed as certified in intravenous therapy and blood withdrawal.

Non-Licensed:
Seniors in good academic standing may also complete the course; however they must abide by the following requirement as set forth by BVNPT (please see Certification for LVNs Provider Guidelines California Code of Regulations, Section G. Reminders point 9):

Should licensure be obtained after course completion, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the provider upon receipt of licensure and request submission of the required certificate to the Board.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CERTIFICATE
RNs, Licensed Physicians:
These students complete the IV/BW course provided by Gurnick as Continuing Education course and should receive Continuing Education Certificates only which includes the Gurnick’s continuing education course approval number.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I register if I am not a Gurnick student or graduate?

A: 

Yes, you can take the course. Please note that the cost is different. See Fees.

Q: What is the process for RNs who want to take the course?

A: 

The process is the same for all applicants. Please read the Registration section.

Q: What is a seat reservation fee?

A: 

It means you reserve a seat in a class starting at a particular date. Please find more info regarding this fee under our refund policy.

Q: Can I make a partial payment? Is there any deposit?

A: 

No. Applicants must pay total cost when they register.

Q: I’ve registered, but I cannot attend the class. Can I transfer to the next class?

A: 

No. You should cancel your registration and obtain a refund. You will be able to register for the next class when the registration is open on the website. Please find more info here about refund policy.

Facts and Fun Statistics

This is a new section for many of you who expressed interest in such facts as the ones below about our Academy and our Programs. IV Theraphy/Blood Withdrawal Course is offered at all campus locations. Let us share with you some facts:

  • More than 48% of our Main Campus, San Mateo campus: students come from Daly City, San Francisco, San Mateo, Hayward and South San Francisco. 29% from  other Bay Area cities – Fremont, Newark, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Jose, San Leandro and Sunnyvale.
  • More than 57% of our Concord Campus: students come from Antioch, Bay Point, Brentwood, Concord, Fairfield, Oakland, Pittsburg and Vallejo, California. 23% come from Alameda, Berkeley, Dublin, Livermore, Oakley, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Ramon, Vacaville and Walnut Creek.
  • More than 47% of our Fresno Campus: students come from Fresno. More than 35% of our Modesto Campus: students come from Modesto. Of course, there are many students from neighboring cities to Modesto and Fresno who choose Gurnick Academy. For example, Modesto campus has students from Atwater, Ceres, Escalon, Livingston, Manteca, Merced, Oakdale, Riverbank, Sonora, Stockton, Tracy, Turlock (50.5%), and Fresno – from Clovis, Hanford, Madera, Sanger and Visalia (30.5%).

Available at the Following Campuses

San Mateo

BVNPT CE Provider Approval Code: V-10925

BVNPT Course Provider Approval Code: IB-2913

Course Schedule:  TBD


Modesto

BVNPT CE Provider Approval Code: V-10861

BVNPT Course Provider Approval Code: IB-2813

Course Schedule:  TBD


Concord

BVNPT CE Provider Approval Code: V-10924

BVNPT Course Provider Approval Code: IB-2838

Course Schedule:
January 11 & 12, 2020 / 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
January 18 & 19, 2020 / 9:30 am – 6:30 pm

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Fresno

BVNPT CE Provider Approval Code: V-10747

BVNPT Course Provider Approval Code: IB-2566

Course Schedule: TBD


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