IV Nurse Day: A Day to Honor Infusion Nurses

Jan 18, 2012, 11:00 ET from Infusion Nurses Society

January 25, 2012, Marks 31st Celebration

NORWOOD, Mass., Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Infusion therapy is delivered through intravenous (IV) catheters across all healthcare settings. If you've been on the receiving end of an IV catheter, you know you want an expert who can get it right the first time. Nurses who specialize in infusion therapy, and in particular, credentialed nurses (Certified Registered Nurse Infusion—CRNI®), are an integral part of the healthcare team that provides the correct dose of medication and keeps patients safe from catheter-related bloodstream infections.

Eliminating healthcare-associated infections and reducing healthcare costs are priorities for all healthcare organizations. Skilled infusion nurses keep patients safe and comfortable, saving their employers money at the same time. Thus the need for expert infusion therapy nurses is greater than ever.

On January 25, infusion nurses and other healthcare professionals will observe National IV Nurse Day. In 1980, the U.S. House of Representatives designated this day each year to honor and recognize the accomplishments of the nation's infusion nurse specialists, as well as the Infusion Nurses Society (INS). INS CEO Mary Alexander, MA, RN, CRNI®, CAE, FAAN, stated that "infusion nurses deliver the highest level of patient care due to their knowledge and expertise. IV Nurse Day gives us an opportunity to recognize the significant contributions that infusion nurses make in their patients' lives."

This year's theme, "A Vital Role in Quality Healthcare—IV Nurses," celebrates the importance of the infusion nurse's involvement on the healthcare team. IV Nurse Day promotes the advancement of the specialty and simultaneously recognizes nearly more than 30 years of continuing education, advocacy, and professional development offered by the infusion nursing community.

The Infusion Nurses Society (INS) is a professional association dedicated to enhancing infusion practices that will improve patient outcomes. Recognized as the global authority in infusion therapy, INS is dedicated to exceeding the public's expectations of excellence by setting the standard for infusion care.

Dorothy Lohmann
Infusion Nurses Society
781-440-9408 x339

SOURCE Infusion Nurses Society