So I am a new grad(Ive posted in here a few times and want to thank all of those who replied) and I am wondering, does anyone know where I can get IV certified? I live south of Boston. I am a LPN and think that getting certified MAY help me get a position over other new grads(if it comes down to it), depending on the facility and job description. Do you agree? Average cost and length? Any info is greatly appreciated!
Oct 11, '09
I became IV certified and found that it didn't really matter much for the jobs I applied to. However, there are some jobs where it is required, so I would think that having the qualification would be helpful when seeking these jobs. But most employers will see that a nurse gets certified in the first few months after hire. It just helps when you already have the necessary qualifications.
Mar 13, '10
Bumping this thread up...
Where can nursing students (or new grads) get IV certification in MA? I found the Infusion Nurse Society web site which offers CRNI (Certified Registered Nurse Infusion) certification, but it is only for RNs w/hundreds or thousands of hrs of experience.
I read that the Red Cross offeres Phlebotomy classes, but I cannot locate any online. Would appreciate any help--thanks!!
Mar 21, '10
Check with a local community college. They may have it as part of their Continuing Ed Classes.
Apr 4, '10
The closest stuff I can find is EKG/Phlebotomy. Which in reality can quickly be learned on the job. Its a rarity for nurses as a matter of routine to draw blood unless it in an emergency room type setting. Of course this varies from setting to setting.
Even the smallest facilities have some Phlebotomy Tech. come in.
Besides the mentioned websites, I have found nothing online regarding IV Certification Classes locally.
Since most places have IV teams or dedicated IV nurses.
Also as an LPN unless your working in sub acute you won't see much IV activity. The LPNs that I have heard that work in an IV setting have on the job IV training.
Apr 12, '10
I'm not sure if it's geared towards LPN's as well as RN's but there's an IV certification course (day-long I think) being offered somewhere here in Boston at the end of April. You can check out the Nursing Spectrum website for more info.
I've been a nurse for 4 years and after orientation have been allowed to draw blood and insert peripheral IV's at the hospitals where I have worked, but each place is different and I'm not sure how your facility and/or degree would handle it.
I don't know about average costs of certification, but this course is expensive and while I am inclined to agree that every little piece of extra certification tends to look good on a resume and may help you with interviews, it may not really make much of a difference in the long run. Especially if the hospital/facility where you end up working wants to train you in their own way, which often does happen.
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