I just got my CRNI certification. My IV insertion skills are the best in my entire hospital. If I can't get a peripheral IV line, the patient will need a central line because nobody else will be able to get a peripheral line. I am an expert maintaining all kind of IV accesses. I've been applying for home infusion or infusion center jobs; however, one of the requirements is experience on oncology. I know most of the antineoplastic drugs including side effects, tapering, contraindications, etc. I know the drugs because is part of my certification and I studied very hard, especially these drugs, but I have never worked on oncology. I have been working in Med/Surg for 5 years. Has anybody worked in home infusion or infusion center without oncology experience? I will appreciate any information provided.
Quote from delawaremalenurse
"If I can't get a peripheral IV line, the patient will need a central line because nobody else will be able to get a peripheral line. I am an expert maintaining all kind of IV accesses." .............my, my , my-someone is sure full of themself!
I don't believe that was the answer they were looking for, delawaremalenurse. Not a kindly thing to do. Don't we already get enough of this type of negativity in the culture of nursing?
So the OP is confident in their skills, it is not something to be ashamed of.
As for the answer to this, I have worked for a home infusion company as a pharmacy tech and I worked closely with the nurses in that company as well, especially the nursing manager. From what I understand, a background in oncology is highly sought after since a lot of the patient population (at least for the home infusion company I worked for) are patients who receive chemotherapy such as 5-FU. All the nurses I worked with had a background in that department. However, I suggest if you have a home infusion company in mind, try to connect with the nursing manager and ask them about the specifics of what they are looking for, each company is different, depending on their size (patient population) and their policies.
Best of luck.
And by the way, congratulations on getting your CRNI certification, I heard it is a challenging test.
Last edit by Beautiful Mind RN on Oct 24, '12