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Q&A with Lennox Griffith, IV Therapy and Insertion instructor

Posted on July 28, 2021

Lennox Griffith IV Therapy VCC

Vancouver Community College (VCC) instructor Lennox Griffith talks about the nursing student’s journey and the importance of IV therapy skills.

What do you teach? 
I have been teaching part-time at VCC since 2012 in the practical nursing program in addition to Continuing Studies where I teach IV Therapy and Insertion (HLTH 1403), and Physical Assessment for Nurses (HLTH 1271). 

What do you love about teaching? 
I appreciate the energy and passion students have for learning and developing new skills, and I feel privileged to be able to share in their enthusiasm as they reach their goals. Nursing students often make many personal sacrifices to be able to attend school. It is very rewarding to be able to provide support and assist them on their learning journey. 

What is your full-time job? 
I am currently a nurse practice consultant with Indigenous Services Canada. I provide education and support to nurses employed in providing primary care in First Nations Communities in Northern Manitoba. 

What is an interesting thing about your journey?
My wife is a nursing instructor and her passion and dedication to nursing education was my inspiration. During nursing school and throughout my nursing career, I have been exposed to many great instructors and role models, and have been provided an abundance of support.

Why are IV Therapy skills so important to the role of the nurse? 
IV therapy is an effective method of administering fluid, medication, and treatments in both emergency and non-emergent situations. IV insertion and Therapy requires both skill and knowledge on the part of the nurse in initiation, monitoring, and evaluation of its effectiveness, and in avoiding any potential complications. 

Who should take the IV Therapy course? 
Many patients in hospital will require an IV and nurses, whether they be an RN, RPN, or LPN, require the knowledge and skill to safely initiate and provide IV therapy. The course is well suited for nurses who may not have received IV insertion skills in their nursing education, and for those wanting a refresher. 

IV Therapy and Insertion (HLTH 1403) is a one-day, 7-hour course held the VCC Broadway campus. See the schedule and register now for our next session.