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  1. Ung, Lerma RN, BSc(MedSc), MHSc, PhD, FRCNA
  2. Cook, Sara RN, Grad.Dip Comm Nurs Masters Mgt, MRCNA
  3. Edwards, Ben BA(HonsPsych)
  4. Hocking, Lynda RN Dip App Sc (Nurs), CritCareNurs, MBA
  5. Osmond, Felicity RN
  6. Buttergieg, Heather RN, Cert.OncNurs


This study examined the impact of nurses' education and experience and the characteristics of their patients on their performance of peripheral intravenous cannulation. A researcher-developed peripheral intravenous cannulation assessment tool was used to assess nurses' behavior during cannulation. Results from a hierarchical multiple regression indicated that patient demographic variables did not significantly predict overall ratings of peripheral intravenous cannulation performance. Nurses' education and experience significantly predicted overall ratings of peripheral intravenous cannulation. Educational preparation at a postgraduate level was a significant positive predictor, and the years of experience in general nursing were a significant negative predictor of overall ratings of peripheral intravenous cannulation. The results from the current study highlight the importance of applied education, such as that indicated by a graduate degree, in providing and maintaining advanced clinical skills for specialty practice.