Mandated IV Certification for RN

  1. The hospital that I work for has mandated that all RNs be IV Certified. What's your take on this?
    Your thoughts are greatly appreciated
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  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   athomas91
    some of the hospitals i worked in required this as well...others didn't...
    i really saw no difference between the two.
  4. by   caroladybelle
    Are they going to pay for and the time to get it?
  5. by   Vsummer1
    I am confused here... as a student we were required to be IV certified in our 2nd semester. We would have failed the program if we didn't pass certification.

    Is it really true that RN's don't have to be IV certified!?? I never even considered it before...
  6. by   VivaLasViejas
    Some hospitals have IV teams, so in theory there's no need for staff nurses to be IV certified. However, it's definitely to one's advantage to have this skill, as emergencies do arise and you're not going to be standing there paging the IV team when your patient's crumping and needs a line 5 minutes ago.

    Where I work, ER usually starts the IVs on pts. coming through there, but otherwise we do our own. If we have a PRN nurse doing admissions and paperwork, she/he will help with starts as well (that's how I finally got good at IVs).

    IV certification courses are generally taught using the standards established by the Intravenous Nurses Society, so if you have the opportunity to take such a course, you should......they have the latest information and are continually updating their standards, which is good for patients and nurses alike.
  7. by   WalkingInTheRain
    I think it is good b/c anywhere else you transfer if you do, you will already be certified and know how to do the IVs. If they are the same ones the hospital does. But, in the long run it can be beneficial.
  8. by   RN8Last
    Quote from caroladybelle
    Are they going to pay for and the time to get it?
    Caroladybelle,

    My employer paid for everything including the time that I sat for the class and exam--every single minute of it!

    Not bad of a deal, I guess
  9. by   MandyInMS
    Never heard of anyone graduating without IV cert...go figger
  10. by   Catfoster
    You have got to be kidding! Our IV TEAM RN's Refuse to get Certified. They say they "know it all". Of course the test doesn't go into Starting and Restarting IV's which is the only think our team does.
  11. by   Loribabble
    We just had to get checked off in school... like any other skill and I have never been required to be certified. Wouldn't mind taking the course though. I tend to be able to get the really difficult ones and I love the challenge but never hurts to learn more.
  12. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from MandyInMS
    Never heard of anyone graduating without IV cert...go figger

    Are you talking about the National IV certification test (extensive classes with a long test at the end-like medsurg certification, CCRN, CEN or OCN) or just being checked off?

    All RNs should know how to start an IV, but not all need to undergo certification. There is a big difference in those things.
  13. by   RN8Last
    Quote from caroladybelle
    Are you talking about the National IV certification test (extensive classes with a long test at the end-like medsurg certification, CCRN, CEN or OCN) or just being checked off?

    All RNs should know how to start an IV, but not all need to undergo certification. There is a big difference in those things.
    I meant IV Certification and not just being checked off as a skill
  14. by   RN8Last
    Thank you so much for your input guys!

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