$$$ How are you paid? PICC RNs & IV RNs

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    Hello all. I am just curious as to how IV nurses and PICC nurses are paid at other facilities. I am a member of an IV team at a 535-bed Level II Trauma center. We average around 200 PICCs per month. Our department is staffed 24/7 for IV services and PICCs. Right now PICCs are placed from 0700 until 2200 and starting in a month we will be placing PICCs 24/7, except during the hours of 11p-7a only urgent PICCs will be placed because there are only 2 IV nurses at night, one of which is a PICC nurse. Our department asked our manager if we should be paid specialty pay because we provide a service that a "regular" floor nurse cannot do. We could float to others depts, but we are not required, but other depts could not float to us. Do any of you receive specialty pay or are compensated for your skills? Thanks so much.
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    good question. My husband is a nurse with fewer years of experience, and he makes more than I do because he works in a critical care position. IV and PICC are not considered "critical care".

    I don't care. I've done critical care and ER and PACU and MedSurg and just about everything else. I'll take less money, this, I love.
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    A PICC nurse should be on the same level as an ICU nurse. Similar expectations of knowledge level,specialization and liabilities. Consider this--some outside PICC contractors charge up to $150 per placement.
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    I think a PICC nurse should have specialty pay. Inserting a PICC line is no average nurse task. It requires special education and special skill. If you are able to do what other nurses around you can not....you should get paid more. That is my opinion and I am not a PICC nurse.
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    Almost all of us are PICC certified, we staff 24/7, we do not get any differential in pay, but I don't think our critical care areas get any special pay incentive either. In fact, we don't get time and a half for working holidays, which I think is wrong. Even the military get "combat pay" and I think we should get incentive to work in higher stress areas doing more complex/risky procedures. We use ultrasound to place about half of our PICCS, and rarely have to send someone to radiology to have one placed because we can't get the PICC in.
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    Quote from jbtulsarn
    Almost all of us are PICC certified, we staff 24/7, we do not get any differential in pay, but I don't think our critical care areas get any special pay incentive either. In fact, we don't get time and a half for working holidays, which I think is wrong. Even the military get "combat pay" and I think we should get incentive to work in higher stress areas doing more complex/risky procedures. We use ultrasound to place about half of our PICCS, and rarely have to send someone to radiology to have one placed because we can't get the PICC in.
    I'm a military nurse (also PICC certified) and I don't get paid anything to place PICCs...I do it on my days off and before/after my shifts...for free I also work full-time in the hospital so no "combat pay" here Seriously though, combat pay (a whopping $225/month) is available in very few deployed areas and for what we get paid otherwise...the sacrifices we (and our families) make...and the commitment required of us...is no joke. So the fact that "Even military get "combat pay""....is a weak justification for your statement.
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    I didn't mean to offend you about the "combat pay", I have many friends and coworkers in Iraq right now, and my first husband was active military and I only knew about "combat pay" from my previous experience as a "dependant". You are so right about the sacrifices of the military and their families, and 225 is certainly nothing to brag about. Shameful in fact. My only point was that if you have more certifications/skills, you should be compensated for them. jb
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    Quote from jbtulsarn
    I didn't mean to offend you about the "combat pay", I have many friends and coworkers in Iraq right now, and my first husband was active military and I only knew about "combat pay" from my previous experience as a "dependant". You are so right about the sacrifices of the military and their families, and 225 is certainly nothing to brag about. Shameful in fact. My only point was that if you have more certifications/skills, you should be compensated for them. jb
    Understood, thanks. I think overall I knew what you were getting at, just a little hypersensitive lately about this b/c I don't live in the most supportive community. My husband is over there now and I'm set to go as soon as he returns home...just part of the deal. Regardless I respect nurses who work to improve our working conditions and pay.
    Take care
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    In home infusion, PICC RN's are paid $150/line. This has come down in the last 15 yrs, it use to be $300/line.
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    so are home health agencies more willing to use picc line nurses. i really love to start i.v.'s and it is a passion of mine. so i think that i would thoroughly enjoy the picc line aspect, but because they are not approved at my facility or anywhere around here. i want to know that my skill will be used before i go and fork out the money to get certified. anyone with any advice?


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