Infusion RN for new grad with lots of IV experience prior to RN school - page 2

How do you guys feel about this line of work for a new grad that has a lot of IV experience prior to nursing school? I did them a ton while I was in the Navy, then I worked as a phlebotomist, so... Read More

  1. by   RunBabyRN
    I still haven't seen the IVIG pt (I suspect she and her nurse have a close relationship/comfort level at this point), but I will be seeing my first patient in the morning. Seems like a nice guy from our conversation. Yay!
  2. by   newgrad0812
    RunBabyRN so how did it go? I will be doing home infusion soon so just wondering.
  3. by   RunBabyRN
    Quote from newgrad0812
    RunBabyRN so how did it go? I will be doing home infusion soon so just wondering.
    My first client yesterday was awesome. I will see him 3x/wk for the foreseeable future. I also got a call about another pt, with whom I start weekly infusions tomorrow. Both pts are really nice, and thus far, with my whole ONE experience, it's been good.

    Good luck with your new position!
  4. by   RunBabyRN
    I'm starting with a new IVIG pt next week (my third client thus far, though my second client's insurance has decided to deny her the infusions that are working VERY well for her condition- so frustrating). I'm reviewing port access (since she has a port) and how to administer the IVIG, but any additional tips (the ones above are awesome!) are much appreciated. She has diphenhydramine as a premed, and her last nurse pushed the infusion too fast and she had a reaction after the RN left. Long story short, she has requested a new nurse (me). We'll be using the Curlin pump.

    Also, any tips for PIVs with pts on chemo? My first guy is almost halfway through his chemo txs, and I can tell from his veins. Poor guy. They look fantastic of course, but they spasm and are very finicky now that he's undergone a few txs. I am sticking to the spot we know works, but doing it 3x/wk, it's sensitive, and everywhere else seems to fail, even with proper redirection.
  5. by   Ktinamac
    Hi there! I know this post is old. I'm a new grad with some office experience starting venipuncutures, IVs, and injections. I have an interview as a Home infusion nurse. Does anyone have any advice feedback on new grads starting out with infusion nursing? I love patient care and prefer 1:1. That is why I am interested but above all I want to be safe. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks 😊
  6. by   KelRN215
    Quote from Ktinamac
    Hi there! I know this post is old. I'm a new grad with some office experience starting venipuncutures, IVs, and injections. I have an interview as a Home infusion nurse. Does anyone have any advice feedback on new grads starting out with infusion nursing? I love patient care and prefer 1:1. That is why I am interested but above all I want to be safe. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks
    I recently left the home infusion world and, I can tell you, that the nurse manager in the office I worked out of was more than willing to hire new grads. Whether or not that's a good thing is up to interpretation. She typically had difficulty filling nursing positions so she took what she could get. These positions involve a fair amount of on-call and the territory the nurses cover is usually vast. Plus I found there to be a lot of downsides to working for a for-profit company, which most home infusion pharmacies are. The last 3 years have completely turned me off from ever wanting to work for a national company or a for-profit company ever again.
  7. by   KelRN215
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