Specialty Program | I.V. Therapy | Selected Topics | I.V. Medications and Fluids

Nurse adjusts I.V. fluid.This course focuses on the introduction to and overview of current standards and guidelines that apply to medication administration. Course activities include workbook, ten videos, an assignment, a post-test and evaluation. You must achieve 80% on the post-test to earn contact hours.

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  • Administration of medications
  • Rights of drug administration
  • Four things you should know
  • Drug containers
  • Drug incompatibilities
  • I.V. drug review
  • Administration of I.V. fluids
  • Commonly used intravenous fluids
  • Prior to administering I.V. fluids
  • Prevention of air embolism
  • Support page:
    Calculating flow rates

Completion Requirements

To earn contact hours for this activity:

  • View/listen to the presentation.
  • Study the handouts.
  • Achieve 80% or higher on the exam. You can take the exam as many times as you wish.
  • Complete the evaluation. 

After submitting the evaluation, you can download and print your certificate. A record of contact hours earned will be in your account for six years.   

Additional program information

Planning Committee
Instructor Biography

Objectives for Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you should be better able to:

  • Define the four methods of administration of I.V. medications.
  • State the nursing actions required to accomplish safe I.V. medication administration.
  • Define the term "vesicant" and implement proper methods of administration to avoid patient harm.
  • Demonstrate the proper method for calculating an I.V. medication dosage.
  • Verbalize how to safely administer intravenous fluids.
  • Demonstrate the proper method for calculating I.V. fluid delivery.

Additional Information

Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 6.50 Contact hours

Kay Coulter, RN, CRNI, VA-BC

Executive Director, Infusion Knowledge, Inc., Clearwater, Florida; Contracted Instructor, Continuing Nursing Education Department, St. Petersburg College, Clearwater, Florida

Available Credit

  • 6.50 Contact hours


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