Access Devices: The Virtual Clinic

Access Devices: The Virtual Clinic

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Become an expert in access device management with this unique learning experience that uses virtual scenarios to examine real-life situations and challenges. Working along with the included e-book—Access Device Standards of Practice for Oncology Nursing—you’ll engage in self-paced reading assignments, activities, and learning opportunities. 

This course is offered on demand. Instructions on how to immediately access the course will be sent to you in an automatically generated email receipt after you register. You will enjoy continuous access for six months.

Access Devices Course Topics

  • Carol–A Case Discussing Implanted Ports
  • Dave–A Case Discussing Apheresis Catheters
  • Diane–A Case Discussing Complications in CAD’s
  • Kate–A Case Discussing PICC Use
  • Jackie–A Case Discussing a Thrombosis Complication
  • Mary–A Case Discussing VAD Options, Care, and Displacement
  • Victoria–A Case Discussing Port Extravasation
  • Janet–A Case Discussing Port Erosion

Expected Outcome

Upon completion of this activity, the learner will identify personal practice changes or changes to institutional policy or procedure required based on knowledge gained regarding the evidence-based management of VADs.

Target Audience

This course is intended for oncology nurses in all clinical settings and those interested in identifying advanced concepts to enhance skills related to access device management.

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ILNA Breakdown

13 ILNA points may be applied toward:

  • 4.3 points: Professional Performance
  • 4.3 points: Symptom Management
  • 4.4 points in either: Symptom Management or Professional Performance

13 ILNA points may be applied toward:

  • 4.3 points: Professional Practice
  • 4.3 points: Preparative Regimens and Stem Cell Infusion
  • 4.4 points in either: Professional Practice or Preparative Regimens and Stem Cell Infusion
Learning Objectives
  • Discuss pathophysiology and nursing management of catheter-related thrombosis.
  • Describe the nursing management of venous access device extravasations.
  • Identify the nursing management of catheter malfunction issues involving no blood return and flushing resistance.
  • Discuss signs and symptoms of catheter fracture.
  • Identify an appropriate candidate for the use of a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line.
  • Compare and contrast the two types of dressings that can be used for venous access devices.
  • Identify an appropriate patient who would benefit from an implanted venous access device.
  • Discuss the concepts to consider when performing venipuncture for intravenous therapy.
  • Discuss the importance of understanding the avoidance of a chemotherapy extravasation through appropriate technique.
  • Describe the differences between PICCs, midline catheters, and implantable ports.
  • Describe complications that can occur with venous access devices (VAD) and interventions that can be performed to minimize the complications.
  • Describe apheresis catheters.

The Oncology Nursing Society is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

ONS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #2850.

Individual Pricing Options


Group purchases are available

 Registering for 10 or more people? Group discounts are available for this course.

To find out more, contact ONS customer service at or 866-257-4667, option 2. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am–5 pm EST.

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