IVT Training Tips

Since I’m feeling generous today, I will be giving out tips when you’re planning to undergo IVT (Intravenous Therapy) Training in the Philippines. Let me warn you that I’m part of this noble profession (and proud of it) and I won’t be giving out answers. If you’re expecting such, smash your skinny head at your monitor (you’re lucky if it’s lcd) because you won’t be getting any. Let’s rock!

TIP # 1 The Hospital

If you’re a new graduate or a pasaway like me, try to contact your friends if they have undergone the said training. Try to get feedback on how the said hospital: handled the participants, provided quality equipment, has a good training room/facility, training schedule, charge for the training. Usually, Basic IVT training ranges from Php 1,500 to 2,700, depending on the hospital and/or add’l perks like free snacks, lunch or a massage.

(A good tip to know is to ask if the fee they are charging covers the Completion of Cases. Sometimes, they do not give you permission to complete your cases “outside” of the hospital you trained in and they’d charge you extra for completion. Know if you can also complete your cases elsewhere if you started experiencing night terrors after training. ^_^)


Yes, make it an UBE (Ultimate Bonding Experience) for you and your friends! (Thanks Rachell!) Make it fun, grab your friends and endure hell together! (Just kidding!) What could be more fun than going late to class, failing the exams and looking stupid altogether right? (Right!)

TIP#2.5 Check!

Make sure that at least one of you knows the way.  Contact the hospital you plan to go to, ask if there are enough slots available and other important details.

TIP# 3 Google works!

You can go to this site: . Look around for the training schedules posted, contact numbers, and other relevant information you might need.

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TIP #4 Pre-Test (Ehem…)

Right before the day of your training, skip the booze and try to study for once.  To pass the training, there are three components you need to pass or else: Pre-Test, Post-Test and Practicum. (Passing is 75%) Don’t worry about the Post-Test and Practicum for now, focus on one task at a time my Padawan learner… Review the following, or at least refresh yourself a bit on these topics:  IVT infusion (of course), Blood Transfusion, TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition) Administration,  Drug administration, Complications of IV therapy, Computation and the Anatomy of the Hand. ( oh so important!)  Usually, Pre-tests include this one so memorize the superficial veins of the hand and arm and you’re good to go!

Just familiarize yourself with the basics of IV: the IV solutions, what needles are used, the parts of an IV cannula, what gauge, how to compute for drops per minute, ABO compatibility, TPN points, what are the different allergic reactions, what’s the preceptor’s favorite color, and many more. Basically, study enough stuff and when you feel that you don’t need to attend class anymore, that means you can go to sleep.

TIP #5 Dress to Impress

Usually, IVT training doesn’t require you to waer your nursing uniform for the lecture parts though it might vary on the third day. (You need a nursing uniform for the completion of cases.) If you’re lucky enough to go with a couple of friends, don’t wear matching colors. They might mistake you for a dance group. You don’t want that do yah? So wear something comfortable enough that can stand the long hours (really long hours!) of  sitting.

TIP#6 The Early Bird Catches the Worm

On your first day, don’t make yourself the target of the lecturer’s wrath. Come early even if you’re a habitual late comer. Here are the perks: you can cram if you didn’t follow tip # 4,  you can choose your cheating sitting arrangement, you can sit next to your crush, you can sit in the back if you plan to sleep in class, you can also sit in front to soak in the lecturer’s saliva shower, you can get cozy and familiarize yourself in the environment eliminating stress or anxiety. (Serious?)

TIP# 7 Oh Yes!

Just follow tips 1-6 and you’re good to go!

TIP#7.5 Extra Stuff

You will be given a Green Handbook, and please try to read through it. It will be your bible at the end of the second training day and at the return demonstration.

TIP#8 Jaws…

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First day, piece-of cake.

Second day, WTF?!

Third day, “Dad, Mom, can I shift to Fine Arts?”

This would happen to you if and only IF I didn’t warn you….

On the first day, expect long hours of boring lecture and flashbacks to your old classroom mentality. NO biggie.

On the second day however, things turn for the worst. There is still a long lecture in the morning, now dealing with more serious stuff like TPN and BT. Do not sleep in class. Bring your energy drinks and coffee sachets to class. After finishing the Post -Test (don’t worry, it’s much like the Pre-Test anyway), it’s time for the preceptors to demonstrate the procedures based on the Green Handbook I was talking about earlier.

DON’T be fooled when they say, “You don’t need to memorize anything, you just need to know the concepts…” What a pile of crap!

Because on the third day, you need to recite and demonstrate the steps of the procedures in the Green Handbook you’re holding. (At this point, fight the urge to rip it apart.) Hmmm… it’s like you’re in a cooking showing that you’re telling the preceptor what you’re doing and doing it at the same time. Sounds easy? Try it… Oh, one more thing, the minimum number of steps in a procedure like “Setting Up an IV Infusion” is 15.

TIP# 9 Juicy…

If you’re already disheartened at what I’ve written so far, don’t be.  For the most part of the procedures, the first four steps are almost identical to all 5 major procedures, and the last 3 steps are also almost ends the same. So if you have 20 steps, there’s only a dozen more to go. (lol) Wait! There’s more, try to look for patterns on the procedures like, what comes next after this particular step, what step ends this particular phase of the procedure and so on… Recognize certain “blocks” of  steps:


Steps 1-5 is about preparing and Verifying the Order;

Steps 6-10 is about Performing the Procedure;

and Steps 11-15 is about Ending/ Discontinuing the Procedure.

There you go, instead of memorizing one long, continuous list (like a grocery list) try to break it into bite-sized chunks.

TIP# 10 Theater

Try to perform it in front of a friend. Just like in performing arts, you can memorize all the lines you want but you can freeze on the actual performance if you haven’t rehearsed it well. It may sound awkward but it really helps. It breaks the tension of preforming a gazillion steps in front of a complete stranger.

Lastly, if this post was helpful to you one way or another, please spread it to your friends and pay it forward. I know how hard it was (check out my other IVT related posts) when I tackled this alone.

Kindly leave your comments or other questions and I’ll try to get back at you as soon as I can.



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25 responses

  1. gumaganda ata site natin ah..

    February 23, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    • thanks… thanks…

      February 23, 2009 at 3:56 PM

  2. mj

    nice one rai..very informative..

    February 23, 2009 at 5:32 PM

  3. jeko11

    sa BMC lang yta yang 2,700 eh, dyan din ako nagtraining ang mahal talaga.. kasama yta dun ung bayad sa kuryente sa aircon hehehe.. at sa creamy sopas at kutsinta..

    padaan lang hehe 😀

    March 16, 2009 at 12:46 AM

    • tumpak!

      March 16, 2009 at 1:25 PM

  4. blair

    google brought me to your wonderful site tsong. salamat sa tips. ivt ko next week sa BMC. i just wanna ask, okey lang na walang nursing uniform? tulad kasi ng nabanggit mo, isa ako sa mga nagpamigay ng uniform. hehehe. 🙂

    March 31, 2009 at 5:26 PM

    • uhmm…i think that would depend on your preceptor… kung ikaw lang sa buong batch niyo yung walang uniform, ewan ko na lang… hehe! try reading my other IVT articles… thanks!

      April 1, 2009 at 11:01 AM

  5. Tina

    Thanks! im a new board passer & trying to figure out my next step.. i found your will help new rn like me ;p

    July 26, 2009 at 11:39 PM

    • Congrats! Glad I could help!

      July 27, 2009 at 1:25 PM

  6. gimo


    August 4, 2009 at 2:27 PM

  7. ish

    thanks a lot! at least now i know what to read before my scheduled IVT training next week! gosh! got to stop surfing the net and start memorizing? 😉

    August 19, 2009 at 11:07 PM

    • Yeah, you should. Even if the lecture style or the return demo might be a bit different from what I’ve described above, I bet I would really give you a good head start. Your welcome!

      August 20, 2009 at 2:40 PM

  8. nica

    San hospital ka nag training? Valid ba sa states un training dito?

    October 13, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    • Bulacan Medical Center.

      Siyempre hindi, T_T

      October 13, 2009 at 9:52 PM

  9. gian


    hmmm.sabi have to authinticate your license sa ANSAP same goes with the other seminars you have..nasa Nursing Management yan and Ethico legal..^^

    @the owner..

    thanks for the info,ask ko lang kung cover ng fee yung completion ng cases for 6mos. and anu yung mga shifts nila.. thanks for the blog anyway, its very informative and the keypoints, now i have an idea wats inside the trechorous room and that green book ni mara at clara
    thanks anyway, ill come by often here..



    October 26, 2009 at 3:33 PM

  10. gian

    yung BMC pala yung hospital that i am mentioning

    authenticate po xa para marecognize abroad po yung seminars and other perks like IVT(@ANSAP) po yung alam ko..^^

    October 26, 2009 at 3:35 PM

  11. bryan

    thnx a lot! dis s so informative!

    February 18, 2010 at 11:12 PM

  12. mitz

    panic na ko kase in 12 days na ang start ng training ko yet feeling ko walang pumapasok sa utak ko kakamemorize. wah. and to think i’ve been already doing the tips you’ve given here. ;_; thanks anyway for putting it “on paper”. at least i’m on the right track.

    any suggestions for memory enhancers? xD

    June 22, 2010 at 2:21 AM

    • I don’t believe in memory enhancers eh…Maybe repetition and practice of the procedures will do the trick. Good luck!

      June 24, 2010 at 7:07 PM

  13. sharmae camiña

    i love it. thanx to you.. i had an idea about the training. it is important for me, because my training if fast approaching. and i will be dealing witj people who are strangers to me.. hahahaha…

    July 21, 2010 at 5:43 PM

  14. JulyRN

    Thank You. Galing mo.
    I’ll spread the

    September 15, 2010 at 1:19 AM

  15. yoahRN

    HELPFUL INDEED! More power to you, my colleague! 🙂

    June 4, 2012 at 5:01 PM

  16. Danica

    thank you, this is very informative, I am so nervous on what to do but this blog really helps me. keep it up. =) thanks for the hint.

    September 23, 2012 at 3:49 PM

  17. NCD…many thanks Ryan for this very informative blog specially on the IVT training tips …

    April 16, 2013 at 9:16 PM

  18. Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Many thanks, However I am encountering troubles with your RSS.
    I don’t know the reason why I am unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody getting identical RSS problems? Anyone who knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanks!!

    June 27, 2013 at 7:45 PM

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