Greetings All Nurses,
I just had a telephone interview with 2 nurse managers in WI for a hospital posiotion. Wow, what a difference a few states and a Nurse Practice Act makes! In Wi and there hospital an IV certification course is not required and LPN's can do so more after the orientation process than LPN's here in Ohio can do with the IV certification! There we can hang blood and blood products, piggy backs, push meds, do add mixtures and everything that goes with IV's. Here most of what I just said is not the case an Limited Therapy IV cert LPN can only start, hang fluids that are without add mixtures (hydration), no piggy backs, push saline or heparin for a hep lock, and BLOOD NO WAY! For those not cert we can only monitor, assess the site, adjust flow rates, and d/c IV's. I am in the latter group! What a difference a few 100 miles makes. This maybe a true selling point, for the position. The interview was for a Neuro/Ortho floor and a Cardic Step Down floor, not my first choice but for the IV experience alone I may just take this job! I am still looking though, today for those who may know or want a good LPN!