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I don't know of any formal certification for IVs other than PICC lines. Certified to start IVs means you have completed the minimum # of IV starts needed to be deemed competent to start them on your own. Most hospitals train on the job.
I have taken IV courses provided by hospitals that I have previously worked for. They were usually given by the Nurse Educator/Infection Control Nurse. They let you practice on a fake arm, you take a short quiz, and then are given a piece of
paper saying you attended the hospital provided course with some CEU's, But this certificate is not a certification in IV therapy!
There is also a nationally recognized certification that you can get by the Infusion Nurse Society. You will then receive a
CRNI (certified Registered Nurse Infusion) credential. The exam is only offered in March and September in Massachusetts.
This is what I did:
1)I first went to Infusion Nurse website. I signed up for membership for $99.
2)I then went to the INCC (infusion nurse certification corp) website and filled out the application to take the 3 hour exam. I paid about $400 for that. Included in that payment was a $50 late fee.
I had to provide them with a name and number of a past supervisor that knew I had placed IV's for 1600 hours. The Infusion Nurse Society calls them to verify that I have placed IV's.
3) I bought some books at the bookstore for about $240. A DVD and a study guide for the test. I did that yesterday and it will arrive late today. (from Norwood)
4) I am now waiting for a call or email from the testing people (INCC) to let me know when my test date is scheduled for. It will be sometime within the month of March.
If I pass, I will then have the certification CRNI, which will really help getting a job on an IV team! Good luck!