thanks for all the responses. i am in the northeast of ct. but here is the answer i recieved from the organization that is offering the class.
"the word certification is used loosely a lot in health care. first to be specific; in the u.s. true iv certification is becoming credentialed as an iv specialist by passing an exam and meeting the requirements of the infusion nurses certification corporation (incc)
. the incc awards the credential of crni- certified registered nurse infusion. the incc is affiliated with the infusion nurses society (ins)
. in general the crni credential is maintained by completing a required number of incc continuing education units within a three year period, or by retaking the crni exam every three years.
with the above said; what is often referred to in health care as obtaining iv certification is to become credentialed as proficient in peripheral iv catheter (aka short iv catheter or piv) insertion procedures, this is traditionally done through one's employer by obtaining an "in-house" certification (valid at the employing facility). through this method; employers require the health care professional to be credentialed in iv insertion procedures (found to be competent). this is done by completing education in the procedure, and observation of procedures performed satisfactorily based upon a set of criteria established within the organization's set policies. different organizations may have different criteria to consider an individual health care professional credentialed. according to the organization's policy and procedures. in general most organizations will require that the individual complete an iv insertion educational program, followed by that individual performing a certain number of precepted (clinically supervised) successful iv catheter insertions. education companies can assist individuals and health care facilities by ensuring that the training offered is evidence-based and in accordance with current standards and guidelines for vascular access procedures and care. in addtion to our iv insertion courses
; picc resource offers an iv insertion certification validation program
to assist employers and individuals in meeting current criteria for credentialing health care professionals in iv catheter insertion procedures.
upon successful completion of a picc resource associates, llc iv insertion class; the participant is awarded a certificate of completion and contact hours are earned. the contact hours are from an american nurses credentialing center (ancc)
approver and are valid nationally. our iv insertion classes and programs offer a thorough and comprehensive education based on current infusion industry practices, guidelines, and standards. picc resource educational programs more than meet most organizational education requirements for credentialing in iv insertion procedures."
all that being said, i am going to the class next saturday. i guess i dont want to wait for my future employer to have the class for me i would like to have some of the experience under my belt to mention in my interviews and on my resume. tell me what you think of my strategy... i also signed up for pals and acls which will be paid for by my employer. those were the only classes that were offered to me. i am hoping this will sparkle my resume a little more than someone with my same background, which honestly is in marketing not nursing at all.
sorry so long, just wanted to share with you want i learned.