Infusion Therapy Institute

About ITI Programs

Venipuncture is the most frequently performed invasive procedures in any healthcare setting. In fact, nurses receive minimal training in this vital nursing functions of  insertion, care, maintenance, complication prevention and management of vascular access devices. Infusion therapy procedures are complex  requiring knowledge, skills and ability for critical decision making. At ITI, we believe intravenous therapy procedures require hands-on training and competency assessment. 

Our educational programs consist of lectures, power point presentations, visual aids, demonstration and hands-on practice sessions. We provide small group sessions to encourage interactive and best possible learning experience. Ou educators are experts in the infusion nursing and clinically active by working as vascular access nurses in acute care hospitals. They have the experience, knowledge and ability to develop programs based on your facility’s needs, clinicians’ knowledge and skills. 

We provide basic and advanced infusion therapy programs. Education programs are developed according to accrediting agencies’ rules and regulations, Infusion Nurses Society (INS) standards of practice and CDC’s guidelines for Catheter Related Blood Stream Infection Prevention.   Our goal is to minimize preventable complications and to enhance patient care outcomes, as well as the satisfaction of both patients and clinicians.

Cerificate of Completion and continuing education contact hours 

Certificates of Completion are provided for all attendees, upon successful completion of the program. ITI is licensed continung education ovider approved by the states of Illinois (license number 236.000070) and California (CEP 16135). Continuing nursing education credits applies only for RNs and LPNs. It is each attendee’s responsibility to be aware of your State’s Scope of Practice and practice according to the conditions of your licensure, and institutional policies and procedures.

Criteria for Completion

Attendees shall attend the entire program and submit a program evaluation. Certain programs include knowledge assessment (post-test).

ON-SITE PROGRAMS 

Organizations and/or groups of 10 or more may request  our programs presented at your location (s). Our basic and advanced education programs may be customized according to the facility’s needs, clinicians’ knowledge and skills. Precepting and skill validations are available. Out of town travel expenses for the instructor may apply. 

Employers and large groups may save all travel expenses by hosting our training programs.  If you have a class room to accommodate 20 or more attendees, you may reserve up to 50% seats for your nurses and register on discounted group fee. We will invite additional clinicians to attend the program and pay our own travel expenses

PICC and Midline catheter insertion training requires a didactic course, followed by hands-on instruction and supervised insertions and skill validations.  Most programs require correct placement of three to five PICCs before signed off to practice independently. If you do not have experienced PICC nurses at your facility for precepting, our PICC nurses will precept at your facility according to your facilities policies and procedures.

FACULTY

Rose Koshy, RN, BSN, CRNI, VA-BCRose Koshy, RN, BSN, CRNI, VA-BC

Program Director

Rose has been a registered nurse since 1976 and entered the infusion therapy arena in 1982 as a hospital IV team member. She obtained CRNI certification in 1991 and vascular access board certification (VA-BC) in 2010. As a vascular access nurse between 1982 and 2011, Rose had inserted thousands of short IV catheters, midline catheters basic and ultrasound guided PICCs in hospitals, long term care facilities and the patients’ homes. She has alternate site infusion therapy experience as a home infusion nurse, clinical manager, director of nursing, administrator and CEO of a home infusion nursing agency.

Currently, at Infusion Therapy Institute, Rose is responsible for developing, scheduling, and coordinating group and on-site educational programs. She personally provides consulting services to develop PICC teams and deploy hi-tech home infusion nursing services. Rose also provides legal consultation for law firms, vascular access consulting and training programs for device manufacturers.

Rose organized the Illinois Vascular Access network (IVAN), served as the first president of IVAN 2008 – 2010, and was the presidential advisor and treasurer of the 2010-2012. Rose was a member of the AVA education committee and Illinois Nurses Association (INA) CE peer review panel. Rose is a member of the Infusion Nurses Society, Association for Vascular Access and Illinois Vascular Access Network.

 

April Swenson, RN, BSN, CRNI, VA-BC
April Swenson, RN, BSN, CRNI, VA-BC

Vascular Access Educator

April has been a nurse for 32 years. She has 30 years infusion therapy experience include IV nurse, PICC Nurse and home health nurse. April is a member of the PICC team at Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Illinois and she is current on her hands-on experience. In addition to PICC insertion, she provides education for staff nurses at the hospital.

April was the president of Illinois Vascular Access Network (IVAN) 2010 – 2012. Currently she is the presidential advisor of IVN, member of INS and AVA

 

Judith P. Damatan, BSN, RN, VA-BC
Judith P. Damatan, BSN, RN, VA-BC

Education Coordinator

Judith’s nursing career started in the Philippines more than 20 years ago, continued on to the United Arab Emirates then to the USA in 1987. During her career, Judith worked in acute care hospitals, home health and public health arenas as a staff nurse, charge nurse, IV nurse, infusion nurse in the areas of medical-surgical, oncology, orthopedic, dialysis and plasmapheresis units.

Since 2007, Judith is a PICC nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago. She inserts ultrasound guided PICC, midline and plasmapheresis catheters, and difficult peripheral IVs at the patient’s bedside.
Judith is a board certified vascular access nurse, a member of Association for Vascular Access (AVA) and Illinois Vascular Access Network (IVAN), and treasurer of the IVAN.