Intravenous Antibiotics: Where We Are and Where We’re Going – Glycopeptides

This online CNE/CEU course has been designed for nurses administering and/or caring for the patient receiving intravenous antibiotics. IV antibiotics have been administered for nearly a century, but bacterial resistance has forced an ever-increasing arsenal of drugs. In this often- changing landscape, the nurse needs a working knowledge of the antimicrobial agents available, and competency to infuse these medications in all the various administration systems in use today. This course examines the medication family known as glycopeptide antibiotics, and the various classes of drugs within this family.

​State Boards of Nursing have varying positions on the role of the LPN/LVN in the administration of infusion therapy, including the administration of antimicrobial agents. Competency requirements are obtained and maintained through the nurse’s employer, facility or institution. This course provides 1.50 contact hours of continuing education.

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Upon completion of this curriculum, the nurse will be able to:

  1. Identify at least two actions that have increased the incidence of antibiotic resistance.
  2. Describe the use of various intravenous antibiotic admixture containers and delivery systems.
  3. Identify the antibiotics that belong to the glycopeptide drug classification.
  4. Describe proper administration of the glycopeptide antibiotics.
  5. Describe antibiotic stewardship in relationship to antimicrobial resistance.


Chapter 1: Introduction

  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Intravenous antibiotic administration systems
  • Clostridium difficile

Chapter 2: Vancomycin

  • Indications
  • Administration
  • Side effects

Chapter 3: Daptomycin

  • Indications
  • Administration
  • Side effects

Chapter 4: Televancin

  • Indications
  • Administration
  • Side effects

Chapter 5: Dalbavancin

  • Indications
  • Administration
  • Side effects

Chapter 6: Oritavancin

  • Indications
  • Administration
  • Side effects

Chapter 7:Teicoplanin

  • Polymixins
  • Peptide Antibiotic Pipeline

Chapter 8: Antibiotic Stewardship

  • New antibiotic initiative
  • Financial challenges
  • Phage therapy
  • Nanomaterials

Chapter 9: References

  • California Bill 241
    • Implicit Bias in Healthcare
    • What is Implicit Bias
    • Implications of Implicit Bias in Healthcare
    • How to Reduce Implicit Bias?
  • Course Bibliography

Price: $18.00

Contact Hours: 1.5

Course Author

Pamela Clark

Pamela Clark, CRNI, is an infusion nurse with the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. She has more than 35 years of experience in infusion therapy and infusion education with both licensed nurses and patients. Her experience spans multiple infusion settings including: acute care, long-term care, home infusion, and ambulatory infusion care. She also has experience in oncology and oncology research.

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