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Free Shield-U Course | Basic Clinical Skills: Urethral Catheterization

Brooke Phillips, CWCMS
Editor | Shield HealthCare
06/13/16  4:28 PM PST
Urethral Catheterization

This free course has already taken place. Contact your local Shield HealthCare representative about scheduling this course as an in-service in your facility.

Click here to find our current available course in our Healthcare Professionals Community.

*This course offers 0.5 contact hour of free continuing nursing education credit.

In this classic basic skills program, learn the latest best practices for performing a urethral catheterization. Both intermittent straight catheters and indwelling retention (foley) catheters are demonstrated and described.

This training reflects the recent change in practice regarding inflating catheter retention balloons prior to insertion. While this was once standard practice and remains common, it has become controversial and is no longer performed in many facilities.

Course Summary

This free online course demonstrates and describes the process for performing urethral catheterizations. Topics include:

  • Catheter Insertion
  • Catheterization of the Male Patient
  • Infection Control Measures and Catheter Care
  • Removal of an Indwelling Catheter

This course provides one contact hour of continuing nursing education.


After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify straight catheters and retention catheters.
  • Describe the appropriate use of straight catheters and retention catheters.
  • Perform a urinary catheter insertion.
  • List infection control measures to take when inserting a urinary catheter.
  • Describe urinary catheter care.
  • Obtaining a urine specimen from a urinary catheter.
  • Remove a urinary catheter.
  • Describe information that should be documented when inserting and removing a urinary catheter.

Who Should Take this Course

We encourage all nurses, healthcare professionals, caregivers, home health aides, and individuals who may need to self-catheterize or who perform urinary catheterizations on patients to take this course, including:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Professional caregivers
  • Home health agencies
  • Nursing homes
  • Hospice agencies
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Individuals who may need to self-catheterize

How to Take This Course

Click on the button below to create an account at www.medcomrn.com/shieldhealthcare. If you are a returning user, use your previous login and password to access the course. After you log in, you will see the course listed in the center of the page. Click on the course link to begin. You can watch the whole video at once by clicking on an icon in the middle of the screen, or take the course chapter by chapter using the left-hand navigation.

You may take the course test and receive your CE credit certificate immediately after completing the video presentation. Once you’ve created an account, you can use that login to take all other Shield-U courses that will be released this year! A history of completed courses will be kept for your convenience in your account.


Continuing Education Credit

One contact hour of Continuing Nursing Education credit is provided by Medcom/Trainex, which is accredited as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation*, the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider number CEP 9888), and the Florida Board of Nursing (provider # FBN2818).