Intravenous Therapy Competencies

​​​​​​We have two levels of Intravenous certification. Level One covers all peripheral intravenous therapy and Level Two covers all Central Venous Access Devices including, PICC lines, Hickman lines and Portacaths. If you wish to apply for recognition of prior learning for an IV Therapy Competency please refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning Document in the Related Documents Section of this website.

Level One Peripheral Intravenous Competency

Level One Peripheral Intravenous (IV) Competency consists of an on-line course including educational information and resources, IV calculations assessment, theory assessment and competency checklist. It is recommended that you complete the theory assessment and competency checklist, during orientation to your clinical area.

You are expected to have your Level One Peripheral IV Competency within the first 4 months of employment where workplace practice indicates (Section 1.7 CDHB Roles and Responsibilities Policy, Vol 12 Fluid and Medication Manual).

The Level One Competency Course is located online on the DHB healthLearn  platform. You need to have a healthLearn to access this course.

For additional information on the Level One Peripheral IV Competency, please refer to the link below.

Level One Peripheral IV Therapy Additional Information.pdf

Clinical Calculations Practice Quiz 180913.pdf

Clinical Calcs Revision Package.pdf

Level Two Central Venous Access Device (CVAD) Competencies

It is a prerequisite to have obtained your Level One Peripheral Intravenous Competency, and for this to be current, before moving onto the Level Two CVAD Competency programme.  

The Level Two Competency Course is located online on the DHB healthLearn platform. You need to have a healthLearn account to access this course.

For additional information on the Level Two CVAD Competency, please refer to the link below. Please note that the Level Two CENTRAL VENOUS ACCESS DEVICE Resource Book 2011.pdf  is located on the education and development section of the DHB website in the self learning section. Recertification is required every three years and involves completing the level two competency course again and the practical assessment.


IV Therapy Resources

Portacath Nursing Resource Staff

Patient Information Booklets
PICC       Understanding your PICC

Hickman  Understanding your HICKMAN CATHETER

Portacath Understanding your portacath


Transfusion Medicine Handbook
The Transfusion Medicine Handbook is designed to assist hospital staff and other health professionals in Transfusion Medicine Practice. Clinical staff who are prescribing and administering blood components and blood products will find this booklet particularly useful. In addition to information about the blood products and services available from NZBS, it provides an outline of the clinical indications for the use of blood components and products. It also describes the procedures for administering blood components and products and monitoring for any adverse reactions in patients. Click HERE to view a current copy of the handbook.

Vol.12 Fluid and Medication Manual
CDHB Fluid and Medication Manual, Volume 12, will help you complete the Level One Peripheral IV Competency.

Intravenous Link Staff Role
Each clinical area has a number of IV Link staff to cover all shifts. They are specialists in all aspects of Best Practice in Fluid and Medication Management, including, audit, IV policy and practice changes as well as recent medication errors.  IV Link staff are assessors for Level One Peripheral  IV Therapy. In addition, where Link staff have the appropriate current competencies, they are able to assess certification for Level Two CVAD, Cannulation and Phlebotomy/Venepuncture. Please make contact with Link nurses/midwives in your area. 

IV Link Staff Website
The Canterbury West Coast IV Link Staff website is online and contains recent practice changes, product information, upcoming education and Best Practice Guidelines pertaining to fluid and medication, blood transfusion administration and cannulation.

Practice Calculations
The following link is a helpful resource to assist you with drug calculations

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Page last reviewed: 20 October 2016
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