Quote from EmilyCCRN
Holy cow! I would NOT want to be a patient in a lab where non-RNs are allowed to mix and give drugs.
To answer the OP's question, no, we are not required to take the RCIS. The CCRN is a more popular choice for us, although my hospital does give incentive pay for the CCRN or RCIS to CVL RNs.
Emily...I have trouble with your above statement. Let me give you an example. I've spent over 10 years in the medical field. 2 of which was spent in the US Army as a combat medic! As a combat medic I treated many different types of battlefield and inpatient casualties. I've also given every medication under the sun. I've also had 7 years of Cath Lab experience. I know every cardiac medicine including the chemistry, dosage, indication, contraindication, compatablities, etc. To hear you say something so foolish really strikes a chord with me. I don't think you realize how juvenile the nursing profession is.
I'm not dismissing the importance of nurses, or the need for them for that matter, but a nurse is probably the last person I want to see push a med in me. There is a huge lack of education at the multiple facilities I have been to. I'm sorry but having a 2 year degree, doing a couple clinical rotations, and passing an easier board exam (NCLEX) does not make you or any nurse a medical superhero...medince administrator of all, if you will. Now regardless of your degree, wheter it be AS OR BS is besides the point. I'd put my 10 years of experience up again a nurse with 40 years experience. I'd put any of my collegues experience to that same match.
You really should open your eyes to these things