Do you need to be "Chemo Certified" to give chemo?

  1. 0 My agency is requiring me to give SQ chemo, 2 shots, 1 in each arm to a new patient. I did get checked off by a chemo nurse as to "technique, precautions, etc". However, I am not chemo certified.

    Do I need to be? Or should I be?
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    pcbnurse has '27' year(s) of experience. From 'Palm Bay, FL, US'; Joined Mar '09; Posts: 33; Likes: 39.

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  4. Visit  KateRN1} profile page
    Consult your agency's policy and procedure manual, but as a general rule, no, you don't need to be chemo certified.
  5. Visit  caroladybelle} profile page
    No you don't need to be chemo certified. But you should educate yourself regarding the drug that you are giving.
  6. Visit  kids} profile page
    Most of the 'chemo' drugs being given in the home aren't what traditionally comes to mind when you think chemo. Methotrexate, Cimzia, etal are usually drugs the client could be giving themselves and they often do transition to self care.

    I've not felt the need for anything beyond the distributor or manufacturer's training and a current drug book.

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