CALHN Nursing Education Courses

Vascular Access Courses: Venepuncture / Peripheral Intravascular Cannula (PIVC) Insertion

These education programs aim to provide health care professionals with knowledge and skills to competently and confidently perform Venepuncture and/or PIVC insertion. Annual accreditation is required.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of all components the learner will be able to:

  • Identify important legal, professional and ethical issues related to procedures and devices used to access the venous system
  • Define VAD / procedure terminology and abbreviations
  • Locate OWI’s related to the devices and procedures included in this learning package
  • Discuss the anatomy and physiology of the venous system
  • Understand the indications for Venepuncture and / or  PIVD insertion
  • Articulate the factors to be considered when selecting a site for Venepuncture /PIVC / CVAD placement and the sites not recommended for selection
  • Identify the potential complications associated with vascular access devices / procedures and the strategies to prevent complications
  • Outline the responsibilities for minimising the risk of infection and work health and safety issues related to venous access devices / procedures.


  1. Complete the online learning modules prior to attending the practical session. You will need to achieve 100% for successful completion.
  2. Attend and actively participate in Venepuncture and PIVD Insertion practical session.
  3. Completion of three supervised insertions uploaded to Learning Central.

Eligibility/Entry requirements

CALHN Multidisciplinary clinical staff whose scope of practice requires these skills.

All learning packages/modules must be completed prior to booking a practical session. 

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For further information, please contact:
Kristy Knight - Nurse Educator

Phone: 7074 3500 Kristy Knight