I am a field RN and I start IV's with some regularity, as well as access ports/PICCs, etc. I do draw blood fairly regularly as I have patients who are on medications which requires some monitoring...it is what their doc wants and what the patients' want, so comfort care or no, that is what I do.
to Turtle in scrubs
...many hospice nurses work in practices which employ SQ infusions for pain meds in the absence of a port...this is generally a safer, more economical, and less traumatic way to deliver these meds than to start and maintain a peripheral IV in the home. Remember that you cannot just leave an angiocath in a peripheral vein forever, particularly in these people who, many times, are VERY challenging IV access.