LPN/LVN Additional Certifications - page 4
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I know that you guys (LPN/LVN's) can now get a load of other certifications on top of your LPN license. I know that you can get your IV certifications and oxygen and what not, but what are some of the other possibilities for an... Read More
- 4Jun 22, '07 by pagandeva2000Quote from siriJust now seeing this...it has been some time since I looked at this thread. I know it is not certification, but it was well worth the knowledge. I saw a change in the ST segment of an EKG, told the doctor and the patient was immediately sent to the ER. Had to pat myself on the back for a moment...it was a good catch and I would not have known if it weren't for that wonderful class.The ECG course is a continuting education course and not certification. But, definitely something I advise others to do.
- 0Jun 22, '07 by pagandeva2000Quote from siriYeah, that felt kind of good. I continue to read my EKG, Plain and Simple book from cover to cover. They may be opening up some more telemetry beds at my hospital, and they have LPNs doing the monitoring. Might lead to some overtime for me. I plan to sock it to them by September with some knowledge. I really love nursing!EXCELLENT!!!! Kudos to you for picking up on that. You deserve that pat on the back.
- 0Jul 5, '07 by dcnballmomthanks for all the links for certifications - i am happy being an LPN, and would probably not be able to afford college at this time to become an RN - but those certs sure would look good on my resumes, not to mention the fact that nurses can always continue to learn and become educated, no matter what your field it
- 2Jul 6, '07 by spydercadethey all,
here in illinois the current regulations for lpn programs insure that the various skills any one nurse would need to treat a patient either in the hospital or in a long-term care setting are a part of the core curriculum. the only things a lpn cannot do, and therefore does not receive either training or certification, is starting iv’s and giving iv push medications. while many rn's and lpn's go on to receive specialization certificates in many types of health care delivery systems such as hospice, icu, home health, etc... our lpn's in illinois, once they pass the lpn nclex are already certified to give medication and deal with most aspects of iv's.
good luck, let us know when you get in!!!
- 1Jul 18, '07 by tmmcbradyI think that any certification you get will enhance your credibility. The first thing I needed to do was find my passion and follow it. I have worked in addictions for the past several years and am now a licensed alcohol & drug counselor and a certified clinical supervisor. But, my primary credential is LPN, has been for 30 years and always will be.
Good luck :spin:
- 0Jul 25, '07 by Hope1978In response to tmmcbrady's reply:
I work in a Psych and Chemical Dependency hospital and am curious about where you took your classes to get your license for the drug and alcohol counseling and if you know of any online. Do you work for a hospital or outpatient. Any info would be helpful...thanksLast edit by Hope1978 on Jul 25, '07
- 1Jul 26, '07 by tmmcbradyI began working in the addicitions field in 1988 in a hospital based detox. I then worked in a men's residential treatment program (half-way house) in 1990 as a case manager. I started doing trainings & college course work toward my Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor credential through a a federal program called PACT (project for addiction counselor training) which has long since gone by the wayside thanks to the wonderful views on addiction & treatment the current administration holds. I became credentialed as a LADC in 1994 and in 2004 earned the CCS (certified clincial supervisor) license.
I was a program director for that half-way house until last year. Now I am teaching in a small career school in both their alcohol & drug counseling program and their medical assistant program. The school is also working to begin an LPN school.
My primary credential has been and will always be as an LPN.
Feel free to shoot me an email if I can be of any assitance.