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IV Therapy Certification

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Has 2 years experience.

I just recently discovered that my program doesn't offer IV training. Isn't that odd, or am I expecting too much? I thought all RNs learned how to start an IV. Does anyone have ideas for me how I might learn it on my own? Thanks.

RN programs are supposed to cover IV administration. You are being short-changed. It happens with many programs. They come right out and tell their graduates to learn on the job. Go to your state's website for LPNs and find a list of IV certification providers. Take the course for the fundamentals. You still will need to get experience doing this on the job.

DroogieRN

Has 2 years experience.

I figured as much. However, I looked on my state's website for LPNs and found no listing of IV certification providers (I'm in WV). Can RN students take an LPN course? Is there another way of finding something available in my state?

The IV cert course is meant to certify LPNs who do not get this in school and must be certified to work with IVs. RNs take the course for their own benefit. I had psych RNs in one of my classes who were getting a refresher with IVs before taking med surg staff nurse jobs. If your state's LPN site does not list IV cert providers, then do an internet search.

DroogieRN

Has 2 years experience.

Thank you for your input; I really appreciate it! I've been looking online for a couple of hours and couldn't find anything, though, which is why I asked on here...

At my school we don't get certified in it. We learn about them, watch a video on how to do them but they say where ever you work will teach you and certify you. It is also like that at the RN community college programs here.

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