RN: IV therapy, CPR, BLS and other certification requirement???

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    Hi! I'm a foreign graduate and just recently passed my NCLEX. We moved to Tampa a few months ago and now I'm looking for a job in hospitals as an RN. I don't have any certification as to IV therapy, CPR, or BLS since after I finished my BSN course and passed my local boards, I immediately entered Medical School. Now, because of moving to US, I had to stop medical school and find job as an RN. Do I NEED to get IV therapy certification before I could practice as an RN? As for CPR, BLS, AED and ACLS, I see some positions in which they are "preferred" but not necessarily required. Can you please verify this so that if IV therapy certification is not a REQUIREMENT, I wouldn't have to spend $100-$200 for classes. Thank you. Hope someone can answer this for me.
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    You MUST have BLS....every place will require you to have that before you start working. The others are optional, but could help you distinguish yourself from another candidate.
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    Hi! I'm a foreign graduate and just recently passed my NCLEX. We moved to Tampa a few months ago and now I'm looking for a job in hospitals as an RN. I don't have any certification as to IV therapy, CPR, or BLS since after I finished my BSN course and passed my local boards, I immediately entered Medical School. Now, because of moving to US, I had to stop medical school and find job as an RN. Do I NEED to get IV therapy certification before I could practice as an RN? As for CPR, BLS, AED and ACLS, I see some positions in which they are "preferred" but not necessarily required. Can you please verify this so that if IV therapy certification is not a REQUIREMENT, I wouldn't have to spend $100-$200 for classes. Thank you. Hope someone can answer this for me.
    BLS is requied, Some establishments require you get your ACLS after hire. IV therapy is usually not a requirement, some places train you once you hire inhouse.
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    From which country are you, if you don't mind?
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    I'm from the Philippines.
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    I'm from the Philippines.
    I see. We're on the same boat, I'm a Filipino and recently moved to Tampa as well. But still on the process of License Endorsement here in FL. I hope you won't mind me asking questions to you in the future. Good luck on your job hunting
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    For all of you, where have you applied so far? I doubt any hospital will hire an RN without IV cert. I'm an LPN and even I have to have IV cert.


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