Florida LPN IV Therapy Certification

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Release date: 09/01/2018
Reviewed and renewed: 09/01/2021
Expiration date: 09/01/2024

Welcome to the AKH, Florida Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Intravenous (IV) therapy course. We are committed to advancing your knowledge in IV therapy to improve patient outcomes. If you have questions about this continuing education (CE) activity, please contact Jessie at [email protected].

This course is designed to provide the LPN and Graduate Practical Nurse (GPN) with a comprehensive knowledge in IV therapy practice, including managing Central Venous (CV) lines.

After completion of this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Discuss the LPN’s role in IV therapy, IV infusions, and managing central lines as identified in the Florida Nurse Practice Act (NPA) and your facility or agency’s policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSA) in IV therapy as defined by Florida Nurse Practice Act.
  • Understand LPNs in the state of Florida provide IV therapy under the direct supervision of a RN licensed in Florida.
  • Explain the legal aspects of IV therapy by LPNs including the policies and procedures of the institution.
  • Recognize medical terminology pertinent to IV therapy and documentation.
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of peripheral veins LPNs may access for venipuncture.
  • Understand the anatomy and physiology of central venous access “medical specialist” may access for IV therapy.
  • Perform a venipuncture utilizing the principles of infection control in IV therapy.
  • Identify the role of the LPN to monitor, maintain, and report adverse effects of IV site and infusion.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of IV therapy complications including specific interventions.
  • List indications for a peripheral and central venous heparin lock.
  • Calculate IV fluids rates of administration.
  • Discuss the difference in total parenteral nutrition (TPN) and peripheral parenteral nutrition (PPN).
  • Describe the role of the LPN in the administration of IV medications.
  • Describe the role of the LPN to care for a client receiving chemotherapy.
  • Verbalize information about blood transfusions including indications, types of reactions, complications and the role of the LPN to care for clients receiving blood and blood products.

This course utilizes and provides a video and printed learning materials as a basis for the course. Study the information carefully, and then complete the examination section. In addition to the video, you must study the printed material included in this packet to successfully complete the course. Please review the pages of information and integrate the concepts as you view the video component.

To meet the Florida Board of Nursing requirements for an IV therapy certificate, the LPN or GPN must:

  • Earn a minimal score of 80% on the examination (one retake is permitted if score is below 80%).
  • Complete the attached clinical skills checklist under the supervision of a Florida Licensed Registered Nurse (RN). Please mail, email or fax the clinical skills checklist to AKH Inc, along with the post-test answer sheet. You must have access to a facility where a FL licensed RN can complete the skills checklist with you. We do not provide an RN or facility for you.
  • Upon successful completion of the course posttest and the proficiency skills checklist, 30 contact hours will be awarded. No partial credit can be earned.

You have the following options for submitting your answer sheet and skills checklist:

AKH Inc.
P.O. Box 24104
Jacksonville, FL 32241

Fax: 866.352.6285

Email: [email protected]

Certificates will be mailed/emailed upon successful completion of the post test and skills checklist.

The course content, test questions and objectives were written by the following professionals:

2018 Update and Revision:
Deborah Brabham Ph.D., RN, CNE
is the owner and CEO of DeRBee Nursing Education Mentoring and Partnership Network. Deborah started her nursing career as a Licensed Practical Nurse and later received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Florida Community College at Jacksonville. Committed to life-long learning, she obtained her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix, and a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education from Jacksonville University. She recently completed her PhD in Nursing Education at Nova Southeastern University. According to the National League for Nursing, there are approximately 4, 000 certified Nurse Educators in the continental United States. Deborah is a Certified Nurse Educator and believes that every student/learner has a unique ability to learn. “First, one must hava goal in mind, a plan to attatin their goals and a willingnesss to succeed”. Dr. Brabham discloses no significant financial relationships with pharmaceutical or medical product manufacturers.

Original authors:
Lori L. Ley, RNC, MSN
Virginia McCarty, RN, CIC, LHRM


Florida Nursing
AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is an approved provider for nursing continuing education by the Florida Board of Nursing #50-2560. AKH Inc. designates this educational activity for 30 contact hours.

This activity is NOT supported by a commercial educational grant.

It is the policy of AKH Inc. to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor, and integrity in all of its continuing education activities. The faculty must disclose to the participants any significant relationships with commercial interests whose products or devices may be mentioned in the activity or with the commercial supporter of this continuing education activity. Identified conflict of interest is resolved by AKH prior to accreditation of the activity. AKH planners and reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

This educational activity does not include discussion of uses of agents that are investigational and/or unapproved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

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