Infusion nurses and other healthcare professionals are set to observe National IV Nurse Day on Jan. 25. This years theme, “IV Nurses — Real. Life. Heroes,” highlights the importance of the infusion nurses involvement on the healthcare team.
The U.S. House of Representatives in 1980 designated Jan. 25 as the day each year to honor and recognize the accomplishments of the nations infusion nurse specialists and the Infusion Nurses Society. This years celebration marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Society.
“INS and infusion therapy have come a long way in 40 years,” INS CEO Mary Alexander, RN, MA, CRNI, CAE, FAAN, said in a news release. “Medical technology has changed dramatically, and our specialty looks very different from what it looked like 40 years ago. Celebrating IV Nurse Day gives us an opportunity to recognize the evolution of our specialty and the significant contributions that infusion nurses make in their patients lives.”
Infusion therapy has evolved from an extreme measure used on only the most critically ill to a highly specialized form of treatment used for 90% or more of all hospitalized patients, according to the INS. No longer confined to the hospital setting, infusion therapies are delivered in alternative care sites such as the home, skilled nursing facilities and physician offices.
Nursing involvement in the practice of infusion therapy also has become a highly specialized practice. The 21st-century infusion nurse is responsible for integrating the holistic principles of medicine and nursing, management, marketing, education and performance improvement into the patients plan of care. Clinical expertise is of utmost importance.
Nurses who specialize in infusion therapy, in particular credentialed nurses (Certified Registered Nurse Infusion) are an integral part of the healthcare team that provides the correct dose of medication and keeps patients safe from catheter-related bloodstream infections, according to INS.
For more information about IV Nurse Day, visit www.ins1.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3605.