Perform Venous Blood Collection

1 day course $325.00 (per student inc gst)

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Competency Code HLTPAT002

Performing venous blood collection or venepuncture is the process of obtaining intravenous access for the purpose of obtaining a sample of venous blood.

Venepuncture is one of the most routinely performed invasive procedures and is carried out for many reasons. Most commonly within the primary care setting, Blood collection is used to obtain blood for diagnostic purposes or to monitor levels of blood components.

The drawing of blood is one of the most common and important diagnostic tools available to clinicians in healthcare. Its data is relied upon in the clinical setting for interpretation of a myriad of clinical signs and symptoms and developing skills in venepuncture can facilitate holistic and timely treatment.

Program Outline

The Perform Venous Blood Collection Program is evidence based and the techniques taught are designed to promote the best practice outcomes for patient care and the safety of the clinician.

Blood is most commonly obtained from the median cubital vein, which lies within the cubital fossa anterior to the elbow. This vein lies close to the surface of the skin, and there is not a large nerve supply.

The program has been designed to provide students with the required knowledge and skills to safely obtain a blood sample in a clinical setting.

On successful completion of the Program, students will be issued with a Statement of Attainment for accredited unit HLTPAT002 perform venous blood collection.

Onsite Course Delivery

Due to the specialist nature of this program and the need to provide specialist facilitation, this program can only be booked as a private onsite program.

The cost includes delivery for a group of a minimum of 12 students including the provision of equipment and assessment and excludes venue and catering.

Onsite courses offer organisations the opportunity to book and schedule courses to meet the specific needs of their own staff. Onsite courses booked with The Benchmarque Group can be contextualised to meet the specific needs of your organisation and can be scheduled for a date and time to best suit your staff.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • How much does the program cost?

    The Perform Venous Blood Collection Program costs $325.00 per student. A minimum of 12 students are required to book your own onsite course.

  • What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

    Continuing professional development is the means by which members of the clinical profession maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and develop the personal and professional qualities required throughout their professional lives.

    The CPD cycle involves reviewing practice, identifying learning needs, planning and participating in relevant learning activities, and reflecting on the value of those activities.

  • How many CPD hours/points will I achieve for completing this Program?

    8 CPD Hours.

    For Registered and Enrolled Nurses and Midwives, our recommendation, based on previous student experience for this course is approximately 8 CPD Hours.

    For all other health professionals completing this program, your continuing professional development (CPD) requirements may vary and it is important to remember that it is your responsibility to maintain and register CPD with your professional body. In many instances, your regulatory authority will recognise hours of learning as stated above.

  • Can I only book this as a complete course?

    Yes. Due to the specialist nature of the program and the need to provide specialist facilitation, this program can only be booked as an onsite program.

    A minimum of 12 students are required to book your own onsite course.

  • Why would my organisation book an onsite course?

    Onsite courses offer organisations the opportunity to book and schedule courses to meet the specific needs of their own staff. Onsite courses booked with The Benchmarque Group can be contextualised to meet the specific needs of your organisation and can be scheduled for a date and time to best suit your staff.

    Onsite courses are often used as an opportunity to create whole of organisation change in managing certain clinical procedures, screening activities and outcomes.

  • How many people can come?

    A minimum of 12 students are required to book your own onsite course. Larger numbers can be catered to with additional facilitators.

  • How long does the course take?

    The course is delivered as a 3 hour workshop. You can choose a date and time to suit your group.

  • What if I cannot fill the program?

    You can still book the course for delivery even if you have less than 12 students. Even if the course was half full, it still represents outstanding value for money.

  • What do I receive at the completion of the program?

    On successful completion of the Program, students will be issued with a Statement of Attainment for accredited unit HLTPAT002 Perform venous blood collection.

    A nationally recognised Statement of Attainment lists the individual unit or units of competency that a student has completed. It is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

  • How do I gain evidence of competency?

    We assess competency in 3 ways.

    During the face to face workshop, you will be required to complete a number of practical skills demonstrations. These will be assessed during the workshop by the endorsed facilitator.
    You are required to complete the written assessment portfolio and submit it to The Benchmarque Group.
    You are required to undertake observed practice in your workplace.

  • What is observed practice?

    Observed practice is when a student demonstrates within their workplace, skills and knowledge learned as a part of a course or program. The observer’s role is to confirm the transfer of skills to the workplace not to assess competency.

    As a Registered Training Organisation, we are required to gather evidence of a student’s ability to transfer skills and knowledge from the classroom environment to the work environment. We use workplace observation as evidence of this transfer.

  • Do I need a doctor to observe my practice?

    No. Whilst a doctor would be an ideal observer, the requirement is that your observer is of equal qualification to you or above. For example, an enrolled nurse cannot observe the work of a registered nurse, but an enrolled nurse can observe the work of another enrolled nurse. This is why we refer to this process as peer observation.

  • How long does the assessment take?

    If you commence your assessment immediately after reading the materials or having just completed your face to face workshop, it should take you no more than 1 hour to complete.

  • How long do I have to complete the assessment?

    We encourage you to complete your assessment within 12 weeks of completing your workshop, however, you have up to 12 months to submit it. During this time, we will send you some friendly reminders.

Snapshot

Course Outline

The Perform Venous Blood Collection Program is evidence based and the techniques taught are designed to promote the best practice outcomes for patient care and the safety of the clinician. Blood is most commonly obtained from the median cubital vein, which lies within the cubital fossa anterior to the elbow. This vein lies close to the surface of the skin, and there is not a large nerve supply. The program has been designed to provide students with the required knowledge and skills to safely obtain a blood sample in a clinical setting.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this package the student will be able to perform blood collection in the workplace utilising the skills leant and assessed below:
1. Identify and obtain clinical and personal relevant data for blood
collection
2. Choose the appropriate equipment for blood collection
3. Perform the blood collection procedure
4. Discuss the considerations that influence the correct selection
of blood collection equipment including size and type of needle
and collection site
5. Perform post blood collection procedures including patient
care, documentation and follow up
6. Trouble shoot problems
7. Discuss and manage possible complications

Units of Competency

• HLTPAT002 Perform venous blood collections

Entry Requirements

• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner
• Registered Nurse
• Enrolled Nurse
• General Practitioner
• General Practice Registrars
• Allied Health Worker
• Other

Pre Reading

No pre-reading

Course Delivery

• Half day face to face workshop (approx. 4 hours)
• In-class activities assessed by facilitator
• Mandatory third party observed workplace activity
• Online assessment completed via BenchmarqueIQ

Estimated hours of study

30 hours of active learning

Assessment Requirements

Each participant must successfully complete the written assessment achieving a pass mark of 80% and be deemed competent in the practical assessments and workplace skills observation.

Classroom
The Student must demonstrate competency performing venous blood collections in a simulated environment:
After demonstration and practice, students are given 3 attempts to demonstrate competency in a simulated clinical
skills activity.
Work Place
There must be evidence that the candidate has prepared equipment and performed venous blood collections for 20 different clients comprising adults of varied ages per organisation procedures using the following methods of collection:
o evacuated system (at least 10 times)
o winged infusion sets and/or needle and syringe as per organisation policy and procedure

What to expect

The study day involves a lecture followed by facilitator demonstration then practice prior to each student performing a blood collection in a simulated scenario assessed by the facilitator.

What to bring

All course materials are supplied. Students find having a few different coloured pens and a highlighter can be useful, and eye glasses, if required, for close work.

CPD Hours

As a general guide, one hour of active learning equates to one hour of CPD. It is the responsibility of the individual student to calculate how many hours of active learning have been completed. The hours of active learning estimated above should act as a guide to CPD hours.

Endorsements

The Australian Primary Care Nurses Association (APNA)