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AH16D:  IV THERAPY/D


Course Description

Theoretical application and clinical techniques required for safe administration of IV therapy and withdrawal of blood for testing. (Approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing for certification in IV Therapy and Blood Withdrawal. Approved for continuing education credit BRN #00892). Previously listed as AH 16. COREQUISITE: Enrollment in AH 54 or current active LVN licensure in California. $50.00 course materials fee payable at registration.


Learning Outcomes

  • Student will use principles of college-level mathematical concepts and methods to accurately calculate intravenous flow rates and will set the correct flow rate on actual intravenous solutions
  • Student will explain the reason(s) for initiation of intravenous therapy, blood transfusions, blood component infusion and skin and arterial puncture
  • Student will communicate clearly, verbally and in writing using appropriate grammar, vocabulary and word usage with peers and instructors representing a diverse population and viewpoints while initiating IV therapy in the classroom setting.
  • Student will demonstrate appropriate active listening skills using techniques of therapeutic communication to verify that communication has been accurately interpreted while performing IV therapy and blood withdrawal in the classroom setting
  • Student will critically analyze data from textbooks, dictionaries, other reference books and the internet to apply theoretical concepts and facts related to the purpose and procedures of treatment with intravenous therapy to real life situations experienced by diverse patients.
  • Student will apply knowledge of the legal guidelines for the licensed vocational nurse practicing intravenous therapy and blood withdrawal to real life situations.
  • Students will analyze pre-written patient care plans of care and will individualize the plan for a specific patient
  • Student will correctly describe, recognize and troubleshoot common complications of intravenous therapy and blood withdrawal.
  • Student will safely initiate IV therapy and withdraw blood on peers.


Last modified: November 25, 2014
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