NORWOOD, Mass., Jan. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the Infusion Nurses Society (INS) and health care professionals across the nation are observing National IV Nurse Day. In 1980, the U.S. House of Representatives designated January 25 as the day that officially recognizes and honors the accomplishments of INS and the nation's infusion nurse specialists each year.
INS CEO Mary Alexander, MA, RN, CRNI®, CAE, FAAN, stated: "INS and infusion therapy have come a long way in the past 50 years. Medical technology has changed dramatically, and today our specialty looks very different. Celebrating IV Nurse Day gives us an opportunity to recognize the evolution of our specialty and the significant contributions infusion nurses make in their patients' lives."
This year's theme, "It's About Us. It's About Infusion," invites nurses everywhere to commemorate their commitment to their work and to their patients. Visit www.ins1.org/IVNurseDay to download INS' IV Nurse Day sign. Snap photos of your team's celebration and share them with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Infusion therapy has evolved from an extreme measure used on only the most critically ill to a highly specialized mode of treatment used for 90 percent or more of all hospitalized patients. No longer confined to the hospital setting, infusion therapies are now delivered in alternative care sites, such as homes, skilled nursing facilities, and physicians' offices.
Nurses who specialize in infusion therapy, particularly certified registered nurses of infusion (CRNI®s), are an integral part of health care teams that provide the correct dose of medication and keep patients safe from catheter-related bloodstream infections and other complications. CRNI®s are continuously exposed to the newest advances, technologies, and techniques within the specialty.
Clinical expertise is key. But today's infusion nurse is responsible for integrating the holistic principles of medicine and nursing, management, marketing, education, and performance improvement into a patient's plan of care. IV Nurse Day promotes the advancement of the specialty and recognizes decades of continuing education, advocacy, and professional development offered by the infusion nursing community.
The Infusion Nurses Society (INS) is a national nonprofit organization representing infusion nurses and other clinicians who practice infusion therapy. Membership is open to nurses and health care professionals from all practice settings. Learn more at www.ins1.org.
Leslie Nikou, Associate Managing Editor
Infusion Nurses Society
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