Urgent: Need IV Certification for RN in Bay Area

  1. Hi guys, long time lurker here, first question posting today. I recently moved my whole life from the Detroit area to the west coast in sept 2017 and am finding that things are indeed different here. So... I am DESPERATE to find an IV/infusion certification for RNs in san francisco. I live in the city but the closest i could find is SAN DIEGO. Maybe some people think that driving 8 hours is normal for this sort of thing; I would not have considered driving to the upper peninsula of MI for a certification... I live in relatively large metropolis. The last time this question appears to have been answered is 2008 and all the links are DEAD. Please please help me with this question because I need it to get this home care position I REALLY want; I have been unemployed for nearly 5 months. Please help!

    PS when i was in MI no one cared if i had IV skills; they are my weakest aspect and i always hated that. If they had offered such an official thing in MI i would have happily taken this class bc I always felt handicapped by poor IV skills. They don't teach IV much in nursing school and don't encourage us to practice as all the local hospitals have specialty IV teams that (unless the RN is super good at them and has time) do ALL of the IV's and they discourage RNs from doing it themselves to save time.
    Last edit by LizzerRN on Dec 15, '17 : Reason: add info
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  3. by   caliotter3
    There was a school in San Jose that had an IV course as long ago as 2007. School was on Winchester Bl. Believe it was called Heartshare Training.
  4. by   caliotter3
    Just looked at their website, no IV course. Call and inquire 408 246-0311. There was another school on Camden Ave. I'll look for that one.
  5. by   caliotter3
    Nurse Education Workshops is on Hamilton Ave. The website is sketchy so call them and inquire. 408 269-3715.
  6. by   LizzerRN
    thank you for your efforts!!
  7. by   caliotter3
    There is a good school in South Pasadena if you don't feel like driving to San Diego! Ha!
  8. by   LizzerRN
    Quote from caliotter3
    There is a good school in South Pasadena if you don't feel like driving to San Diego! Ha!
    Wow, this is not good. The other thing i'm starting to wonder is that I see this is primarily aimed at LVN's..... will they even pay me enough to make this worth it? Are BSN/RN assumed to have this training so they don't use/need IV certification? This is very confusing.
  9. by   mrsboots87
    It's because IV insertion is already within scope for an RN. In most states, if not all, LPN/LVN's require a separate certification to start and gang IV meds. It is not within their scope without the extra certification.
  10. by   rkitty198
    You don't need IV certification, what you want is a practice/refresher course?
    If so you just practice on site. Practice during your orientation, out on the floor.
  11. by   13grad71
    I think the poster said Home care or Home health. If so, there isn't much opportunity for her to practice.
  12. by   ~♪♫ in my ♥~
    If I were in your position, I'd hop on the next Southwest flight to SoCal and get it done. Say it costs $1,000 or so... money well spent if it lands you a job, especially in high-cost SF bay area where it's easy to become homeless.
  13. by   Julius Seizure
    Quote from LizzerRN
    Wow, this is not good. The other thing i'm starting to wonder is that I see this is primarily aimed at LVN's..... will they even pay me enough to make this worth it? Are BSN/RN assumed to have this training so they don't use/need IV certification? This is very confusing.
    This is exactly what I was thinking. Are you sure that you, as an RN, need a separate IV certification?
  14. by   HiFive
    Which "IV/infusion certification for RNs" class in San Diego did you find out? (I need one in SD)

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