Nurses’ knowledge and skills
Taking just intravenous (IV) therapy into consideration, the scope of knowledge and skills nurses require is broad indeed. It includes:
Legal and ethical issues
Anatomy and physiology
Fluid and electrolyte balance
Management of blood and blood products
Management of disposable products
Treatment complications and their prevention
Equipment operation, limitations, and alarm settings
Nurses as educators
Our research shows that nurses are a largely untapped resource when it comes to the development of equipment, user manuals, and informational handouts. We therefore join other experts in the field to call for an increase in nurses’ participation in the early stages of equipment design and development. Given their expertise as both high-tech users and educators, nurses would be invaluable innovation consultants.
Based on : Lehoux, P., R. Pineault, L. Richard, J. St-Arnaud, S. Law, & H. Rosendal. (2003)
Adapted by :Morgan Holmes, Ph.D.
Lehoux, P., R. Pineault, L. Richard, J. St-Arnaud, S. Law, & H. Rosendal. (2003). Issues in quality of high-tech home care: Sources of information and staff training in Quebec primary care organizations and relationships with hospitals. International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance 16.1: 37-46.