1. How Long is the course?
The course is composed of a ‘Theory’ part and an ‘Assessment’ part. The theory part is covered over two days - usually over a period of one week. The theory is mostly composed of formal lectures and practical demonstrations.
2. What should I do between the first and last day of the IVI course lectures?
3. What is the Self-Assessment?
The self assessment is a set of questions you are required to answer and compile in a form of an assignment. The questions can be found in the Course Work Book pages 7 and 8. Copy these questions and include the answers. This work should be submitted to the Course Coodinatorat the Nursing Services Directorate (NSD) after you have completed the practical assessments with your clinical assessor. Make sure you take your IV Certificate with you as it will need to be endorsed by the Course Coordinator as proof that you have submitted the self-assessment work.
4. Where can I find the NSD office?
The NSD office is at ‘Fafner House’ Floor 2, National Road Blata L-Bajda. Click here to see the site plan and telephone number.
5. What are practical assessments?
After the last day of the course and when you successfully finish the theoretical assessment, you will be handed an IVI certificate. On the back of this certificate there is space for your clinical assessor to endorse the certificate after you perform and successfully pass from the IV Pump assessment and from the IV Bolus assessment.
6. How do I know who is my clinical assessor?
The clinical assessor will be assigned to you by the course co-ordinator. In the meantime your clinical assessor will be notified by the course coordinator who in turn will be trying to contact you either by phone, mobile or by e-mail. When you get to know your clinical assessor, it is your responsibility to establish contact with him/her.
7. When shall I complete the practical assessment?
It is of great importance that you complete the practical assessments within four to six weeks you have completed the theoretical test. Your assessor and yourself should contact each other and negotiate dates on when you will do, first a hands on practice session with the assessor, and then fix another date to complete the practical assessments.
8. Where can I complete the practical assessments?
Your negotiations with your clinical assessor should also include the venue where you will perform your clinical assessments. This could either be in your own area of work, the assessor’s area of work, or you can both agree to meet in a clinical area appropriate to both of you, whichever is best feasible.
9. What do the assessments entail?
The first assessment is theoretical in nature and this is done after the last lecture of the last day of the course. The exam paper is mainly composed of a number of drug calculation problems and a number of multiple choice questions. The latter (MCQs) are based on the specific IV Therapy Article you are instructed to read.
The second assessment is the practical assessment where you will be assigned a clinical assessor and perform an IV pump test and an IV bolus test. The clinical assessors will elaborate more on these when you meet him/her, however the criteria on which you will be assessed can be found in the Course Work Book (pages 16 and 17) or you can download detailed criteria from the website from both IV Bolus and IV Pump assessments.
The third assessment is theTheoretical Self assessment which should be submitted to the IVI course coordinator at the Nursing Services Directorate after you have completed the practical assessments with your clinical assessor. Please make sure to phone the NSD on 21223336 to check that the IVI course coordinator is in office before you submit your work.
10. How do I get to know the course dates?
The Nursing Officer in your ward, unit or department will be furnished with such information who in turn will announce such dates. If you are selected for a particular course you will also be notified by the IV Course Coordinator by email.
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