Published Apr 20, 2021
I am a new nursing student and am very interested in pursuing a specialty in infusion nursing. I am aware that I will need to have at least a couple years of experience in a nursing position that involves IVs and also acquire a certification in that specialty. Which types of nursing jobs are best suited for my experience in infusion before getting certified?
I personally want to avoid the ICU, ER and OR nursing (which I know would be good experience but I just cant see myself doing). Something involving acute care, long term care, and possibly home health would be better suited for me. I also would prefer a position with 3-4 day night shift work weeks with longer hours instead of the traditional 5.
You might consider a procedural area where patient's require IV's to be started. For our new grads we stick them (no pun intended) in the pre-heart cath unit for a day or two, they easily get 10-20 IV starts a day there.
I believe that LTC and HH will not really provide the quantity of IV experience that you seek. Some, maybe, but not a lot.
A bloodbank is another option.
I'm curious what attracts you to infusion nursing as a new grad?
Nursey103, ADN, RN
You can work in a med/surg oncology unit to learn how to start IV's, maintain PICC's, access/maintain ports. You'll get chemotherapy experience if that's the kind of infusion center you want to work in. You'd also be giving lots of blood products too.
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