LPN - IV therapy class

  1. I just started an IV therapy certification course. I'll be doing my first stick on a person during the next class. Doing it on the artificial arms was okay but it's a bit nerve-wracking thinking of that first human stick..... Just needed to vent.... Wish me good thoughts!
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   Joydancer23
    I was lucky enough to have friends in the class with me, and we practiced on each other.
    Try to have someone to precept you that you are not nervous around. That makes a big difference! Remember .. with IV's.. practice makes perfect!
    GOOD LUCK TO YOU!!!!!!!!!
  4. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from charebec65
    I just started an IV therapy certification course. I'll be doing my first stick on a person during the next class. Doing it on the artificial arms was okay but it's a bit nerve-wracking thinking of that first human stick..... Just needed to vent.... Wish me good thoughts!
    We practiced on mannequins. I was already a phlebotomist, so, sticking people doesn't scare me...it was actually setting up those piggybacks.
  5. by   sweetielin
    we got to practice on each other in class and that helped me not be so nervous when i got to sticks patients. luckily enough of us were willing to be practiced on. good luck.
  6. by   cshinning901
    I need certification asap what city r u n ?
  7. by   Joydancer23
    I am in Denver
  8. by   kenzy
    Does anyone know if LPN in the dialysis area in PA can take these classes.The last I knew LPN's in Pa could not do IV Therapy?
  9. by   tookewlandy
    Do they teach IV skills, and therapy in LPN programs?? Or do you have to take a seperate course when you graduate.
  10. by   kenzy
    I gaduated from a school in NY where we were required to know drip rates and so on. A fellow student after grad. while working in NY was required to take a class apon completion was able to do all IV care except push meds. However I work in the state of PA., and was told LPN's did nothing with IV, making it quite difficult to fully function as an asset to my fellow coworkers seeing all meds are given IV. I was wondering if the law has changed or does the nursing board make exception based on jod neccesity.
    Thank you for your reply any comments are well appreciated.
  11. by   charebec65
    In Ohio the laws seem to be ever changing. Seems people in some of the classes before me took their IV therapy during the PN program. We had to do it afterward if we wanted it as apparently the rule was changed (or the school wanted more money). Every state has its own rules regarding LPN's and IV therapy. I would check with your BON in your state. While I am now IV certified, I can't use it in my job as I'm doing pediatric nursing while working on my RN.
  12. by   SHCLPN
    I don't know about the yankee states (lol) but in Fl some schools are giving IV certification in the PN programs,we can do anything with an IV except pushes and hanging blood,PICC line certification is seperate
  13. by   luv_a_nurse
    In regards to earlier comments..

    I'm an LPN student in PA and according to the State BON, LPN's may hang piggybacks, administer nutrient solutions, electrolytes, ect. They may also start IV's (if facility permits, of course.) The LPN's in PA may not however, hang blood or blood products (including fresh frozen plasma or Rhogam,) administer antineoplastics, TPN (although they're trying to change this i'm told,) give IV push meds or titrated meds. Again, this is all according to the state BON, and you'd also have to check to make sure your facility allows, but to summarize..yes, LPN's in PA do work with IV's.

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