Originally posted by cokie
back to the argument that there is much much more to i.v. therapy than there is to being i.v. certified. i.v. certification means that one observes proper technique when starting an i.v. line. running i.v. meds is another story. as far as teaching someone the skill of running i.v. meds, ok, start with pharmo, then take micro, a and p, then and only then do i truly believe that one can have the big picture.....also, study the effects of drugs on the renal system, and the liver....oh my, does this sound like the r.n. curriculum,,,,,bingo.....like i said, it's a lot more than just programming the pump. as far as pt. doing their own i.v. therapy, no guess work there...doctor orders the meds..they hang them. in our area an rn comes by once a day to check the site.
The LPN program I went to we had to take micro and AetP, study the effects of drugs on the renal system and liver. The IV therapy course I had to take was very intense. We had to take the micro and AetP before entering the program.( IV therapy was taken during the program). We had to study why electrolytes are given and which ones are given for what. What labs constitute renal failure and why someone might have elevated liver enzymes. Also what meds should or should not be given to these patients IV or any other way. Yadda, Yadda, Yadda
Then I move to the state I am in now. They wanted me to take their IV therapy class. (They take IV therapy AFTER they get out of the nursing program) So, I took it. To me it was like taking a kindergarden class. (I swear Im not trying to offend anyone).
Just the basics. Look at the order, hang whatever it is and get familiar with the pump. I could not understand this. They did go over transfusion reactions, I will give them credit for that.
Im sure these nurses that took this as their only IV course will learn something new everyday about IV therapy and everything else. I do. As nurses our educaton is an everyday ongoing thing.
Im sure there are just as many RNs as there are LPNs that learn something new about this subject (and others) every time they go to work.
Well, time to stop beating that dead horse (You know the one)