“Intravenous therapy is a nursing responsibility.”
As a Registered Nurse in the Philippines, it is mandated by R.A. 7164 (Philippine Nursing Act of 1991) that intravenous therapy is within the scope of nursing. The law also states that special training is required for the administration of intravenous injections and this training shall follow the protocol established.
In relation to this, I attended a three- day Basic Intravenous Therapy Training at Iloilo Mission Hospital from February 12- 14, 2015. The training was conducted by the hospital’s nurse supervisors and head nurses, who are members of the Association of Nursing Administrators of the Philippines (ANSAP).
First Day of Intravenous Therapy
The first day of Intravenous Therapy Training was lecture proper. Before the preceptors proceed to the lecture, we had to take a pre- test. History, theories, nursing roles and responsibilities as well as definition of terms and explanation of each procedure were given to us by the Iloilo Mission Hospital’s nurse supervisors and head nurses. Each procedure or topic has one lecturer, who were all knowledgeable and excellent in sharing the procedures to us.
Second Day of Intravenous Therapy
The second day of the training was divided into two. In the morning, the preceptors continued their lectures while other preceptors demonstrated the procedures to us in the afternoon. On this day, we took our post- test. The test was to gauge how much you have learned about the Intravenous Therapy.
Third Day of Intravenous Therapy
The last day of our Intravenous Therapy Training was all about practicum. Every procedure had an assigned preceptor and we had to perform the procedures for them to evaluate us. We all passed the practicum, thanks to the Lord.