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Class Information for Ommaya Reservoir Competency Course for New Providers


The purpose of this course is to provide the learner with an understanding of Ommaya Reservoirs and their use in the treatment of leptomeningeal diseases. Additionally, nurses will benefit from detailed information regarding CNS anatomy, CSF lab interpretation, and neuro assessment in this patient population. This didactic information will provide the participant with the information necessary to pursue competence in Ommaya Reservoir Access. This course includes a test and simulation which will be scheduled on the day of the course. An 84% or higher must be achieved on the test before competency validation can be pursued. Competency validation will take place at the unit level after successful completion of the course.

Special Comments

This course meets for one 8 hour day. Requires completion of an online test and an additional 4 hour day for simulation. Participants should sign up for both the 8 hour didactic session and the 4 hour simulation session.

Target Audience

This course is for nurses who want to achieve competence in caring for patients with an Ommaya Reservoir. This course is appropriate for CCND RNs who have at least 6 months of experience working in the Clinical Center with Research Participants and Protocols. Participants must hold current "Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs" and "Chemotherapy/Biotherapy" competencies.

Course Objectives

After completion of the course, participants will be able to: 1. Describe the function and formation of CSF. 2. Perform a neurological assessment of a patient with an Ommaya. 3. Identify potential complications associated with Ommaya Reservoirs and strategies to mitigate risk.


Clinical Center Nursing Department (CCND)RNs who: 1. Have the goal of obtaining the CCND "Ommaya Reservoir Access" Competency. 2. Have practiced in the Clinical Center for at least 6 months. 3. Hold a current CCND "Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs" Competency. 4. Hold a current CCND "Chemotherapy Biotherapy" Competency. 5. Obtain Nurse Manager approval.

Sessions Open for Registration

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Ommaya NP 8hr course Ommaya NP Didactic Session June 9, 2021 In-person Wed Jun 09, 21 07:30 AM
NIH Clinical Center:B1C205 (FAES# 4)
Joan Aaron Registration Open until
11/23/2021 08:38 AM
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Simulation Ommaya NP Test and Simulation June 30, 2021 In-person Wed Jun 30, 21 07:00 AM
NIH Clinical Center:CRC 1-5672 (ETR)
Joan Aaron Registration Open until
11/23/2021 08:38 AM
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