Maine IV Therapy Education

This course has been designed to provide the education for the infusion procedures allowed by the Maine Board of Nursing for LPNs practicing IV therapy. The board recently (February 2020) made changed to their rules regulating LPN practice and these rules will be reviewed. 

In early 2021, the Infusion Nurses Society (INS), recognized as the global authority in infusion therapy, released the updated Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice. The INS sets the accepted standards for infusion therapy practice for all healthcare settings. This course is based on the current best practices as defined by the Infusion Nursing Society and other governing agencies such as the CDC, and FDA.

This 14-hour continuing education course provides a low stress, convenient method of obtaining quality infusion education incorporating various educational techniques designed for the adult learner and may be completed on your time schedule. A passing score of 80% or greater is required. Within the course content, the participant is provided a complete set of skill competency checklists for completion with a preceptor at the facility level. This preceptor and skills to be performed is designated by the facility policy.

Have questions? Check out our FAQs page and our page, How Online IV Certification Works. If you need to purchase IV education for your staff, see our Learning Management System page for more information and instructions on how to get started. We offer bulk discounts!


Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Identify the legal scope of practice and accountability of the licensed practical nurse in the administration of intravenous therapy.
  2. State the underlying reasons for the administration of intravenous therapy.
  3. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the peripheral and central venous cardiovascular system as it relates to intravenous therapy.
  4. Demonstrate correct care and maintenance of the central venous catheter including tunneled, non tunneled, implanted vascular access devices and peripherally inserted central lines. Care and maintenance of the central venous catheter includes dressing changes, flushing lines, tubing and solution changes per facility/organization policy. 
  5. Identify the nursing responsibilities when safely administering intravenous therapy.
  6. State the principles of aseptic technique when performing intravenous therapy and the use of standard precaution procedures.
  7. Demonstrate correct intravenous insertion and removal techniques of peripheral lines (Insertion and removal of peripheral lines for the adult patient does not include midlines and midclaviculars.) 
  8. Demonstrate steps to safely administer intravenous fluids.
  9. Demonstrate steps to safely administer intravenous fluids containing medications that have been prepared and labeled by the pharmacist, registered nurse, physician, dentist or manufacturer.
  10. Demonstrate steps to safely reconstitute and administer unit dose medication for I.V. therapy.
  11. State the instructions that should be given to a patient receiving intravenous therapy.
  12. List potential local and systemic complications of intravenous therapy as well as preventive measures and treatment.


Chapter 1: Legal Aspects

Chapter 2: Anatomy and Physiology

Chapter 3: Patient Education

Chapter 4: Fluid and Electrolyte Balance

Chapter 5: Administration of IV Medications

Chapter 6: Administration of IV Fluids

Chapter 7: Asepsis and Safety Compliance

Chapter 8: Insertion

Chapter 9: Vascular Visualization

Chapter 10: Peripheral-Equipment

Chapter 11: Complications

Chapter 12: Insertion and Removal Procedure Videos

Chapter 13: Documentation in Administration of Intravenous Therapy

Chapter 14: Peripheral Resources

Chapter 15: Central Venous Access Device Review

Chapter 16: Anatomy of Central Lines

Chapter 17: Assessment and Preparations for CVAD

Chapter 18: CVAD - Equipment

Chapter 19: Central Line Procedure Guides and Videos

Chapter 20: Central Line Complications

Chapter 21: Discontinuation of Therapy

Chapter 22: Patient Education and Documentation

Chapter 23: CVAD - Resources

Chapter 24: TPN Administration

Chapter 25: TPN Complications

Chapter 26: TPN Monitoring and Documentation

Chapter 27: TPN Resources

Chapter 28: PCA Pumps, Medications and Side Effects

Chapter 29: Education and Documentation

Chapter 30: PCA Resources

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

Price: $155.00

Contact Hours: 14

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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