The following outlines the criteria for certification of nurses
undertaking IV cannulation within Newborn Services to ensure safety and best
The ability to cannulate is not compulsory within NICU but is a
requirement for the NICU Flight and Retrieval Team.
When you are ready to start this programme please approach/email Luanne
Massey (IV cannulation portfolio) to register your interest.
Luanne coordinates the learning package and and monitors the number of
nurses learning this skill in NICU at any one time.
Prerequiste: Must have worked as a level 3 nurse in NICU (as defined
by ADHB PDRP)
Criteria for Certification
View DVD/video on ‘Intravenous Cannulation Insertion’.
Read teaching package and pass written test.
IV insertion to be demonstrated by a staff member on the IV Certification
Nurse is to be supervised/instructed for IV insertions by a certified IV cannulation nurse. Three successful
IV insertions are to be witnessed
and signed off by the supervising nurse.
Maintenance of Certification
Maintain skill level by cannulating regularly – aim for a minimum of one
successful cannulation every two months (six per calendar year). Record
cannulation activity on competency maintenance sheet as evidence of
practical audit of practice by a colleague to be submitted with your
Diagrams of Vein and Artery Positions
Anatomy of veins over the hands and feet
Main Veins`of the Arm
Superficial veins of the legs
Main Arteries of the Arm
Popliteal Artery and its Main Branches
Use this link
for a list of useful journal articles regarding I.V cannulation